Need to know
16, including three suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both can be flexible on request.
Double rooms from $113.11 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
If you plan to explore, ask the hotel to prepare you a packed lunch. Transport can be arranged if you fancy a few rounds on the nearby Rushmore golf course or a microlight flight from Compton Abbas Airfield.
At the hotel
Courtyard garden, ballroom, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, coffee maker, bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
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.
There’s one room adapted for mobility-impaired guests, and a lift to the first floor. 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 Deluxe rooms, Junior 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.