Courtyard garden, ballroom, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, coffee maker, bottled water.
In summer, pick Balcony Suite 9, overlooking the hotel’s central courtyard. In winter, go for the Cranborne Suite, where there’s not only a working fireplace, but also vast bay windows, a free standing bath and a shower that could accommodate a significant proportion of Shaftesbury’s residents at the same time. The rooms facing the courtyard (3, 4, 9, 15 and 16) are a mite more peaceful.
Shaftesbury’s the heart of Dorset rambler’s country, so bring your boots ’n’ Barbour combo.
There’s one room adapted for mobility-impaired guests, and a lift to the first floor (but not to the second). Guests are strongly recommended to book a table for dinner, as the restaurant is very popular with locals.
Dogs are welcome in all room types for £10 a stay, and will be greeted with a gift box that includes treats and a toy; their humans should contact the hotel in advance to notify it of the impending arrival of furry-four legged guests. See more pet-friendly hotels in Dorset.
Welcome. Cots are free for under-twos, and extra beds are £20 a night; these can added to Premium Double rooms, Balcony Suites and the Cranbourne Suite.
Country bumpkins of any age.
Superior Rooms and Suites have more space – Junior Suite, especially, 14 has plenty of room for an extra bed.
Older, active, or culture-hungry kids will find plenty of distractions in the surrounding area, including horse riding, rambling, golf, and stately sightseeing at Salisbury cathedral, Stonehenge, and Larmer Tree Gardens. Longleat, with its tot-tempting safari park, is a short drive away.
Kids are welcome at any time in the restaurant, and there’s a children’s menu. High chairs can be provided.
Hotel staff will watch your little ones for £10 an hour. Book before midday on your planned evening off.
No need to pack
Cots are free for babies; an extra fold-out bed costs £35 a night.