The Grosvenor Arms
- Style Revamped Georgian retreat
- Setting Shaftesbury’s Hovis hilltop
Despite its exceptional views and prime location amid Shaftesbury's legendary Gold Hill, Blackmore Vale and the town's historic cobbled streets, the Grosvenor Arms hotel has nothing ye olde about it. Modern and uncluttered rooms and suites are awash in neutral tones, with tastefully chosen art, lamps and sleek contemporary décor.
Need to know
- Rooms 16, including three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $129.35 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Courtyard garden, ballroom, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, coffee maker, bottled water.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both can be flexible on request.
Children Welcome. Cots are free for babies, and extra beds are £35 a night.
- Also Pets are welcome – ask ahead. There’s one room adapted for mobility-impaired guests, and a lift to the first floor.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips Shaftesbury’s the heart of Dorset rambler’s country, so bring your boots ’n’ Barbour combo.
- Also 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.
Food and drink at The Grosvenor Arms
- Hotel restaurant The Grosvenor Restaurant has an elegant main dining area (and two smaller seating areas) where you can sample their menu of locally sourced rustic fare. For a more informal affair grab a seat in the restaurant's pizzeria, where you can watch crust crisp and the cheese bubble in the wood-fired oven as you wait. Head chef Neil Duffett's focus is on simple hearty fare, plucked from the bucolic surroundings; depending on the season, hand-picked Weymouth Bay scallops, organic beef, speared Portland plaice, home-cured ham and fresh ewe's cheese are artfully served on wooden trenchers. There's also a conservatory and terrace for dining on sun-drenched days, and two private dining rooms (seating 12 or 16 guests).
- Dress code Wear what you like – the atmosphere is casual.
- Top table In summer, the restaurant spills out onto a little courtyard garden – a lovely spot in the early evening.
- Last orders The restaurant is open daily for breakfast (7:30am–9:30am Monday to Saturday; 8am–10am on Sundays), and for dinner between 7pm and 9pm, Monday to Saturday. In the bar a selected menu is served from 12 noon to 9pm and drinks are served until 11pm.
- Room service None.
- Hotel bar Plonk into an aged-leather armchair and let the fire warm your cockles as you browse the hotel's extensive wine list, or take a peek at the reserve list if you're in the mood for something decadent (and you're feeling flush). There's also a range of real ales from local breweries and a bar menu with charcuterie plates, salads and some rather upper-crust pizzas topped with cured ham, ewe’s cheese, wild rocket and Planetta olive oil.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details