Courtyard garden, ballroom, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: coffee maker and bottled water.
In summer, pick Balcony Suite 9, overlooking the hotel’s central courtyard. In winter, go for the Cranborne Suite, where there’s 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 (2, 3, 4, 9, 16 and 17) 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 £15 a stay, and will be greeted with a gift box; their humans should contact the hotel in advance if bringing a pet. Dogs must be crated if they're left alone in the room; any damages are chargeable. 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 Balcony Suites and the Cranbourne Suite.
Country bumpkins of any age.
Superior Rooms and Suites have more space – Junior Suites, especially, have plenty of room.
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.
No need to pack
Cots are free for babies; an extra fold-out bed costs £20 a night.