Courtyard garden, ballroom, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, coffee maker, bottled water.
In summer, pick Junior Suite 9, the only room in the hotel with a balcony, and a lovely one it is too, 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.
Pets are welcome – ask ahead. There’s one room adapted for mobility-impaired guests, and a lift to the first floor.
Welcome. Cots are free for babies, and extra beds are £35 a night.
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.