8. 1 on ground floor.
lounge, bar, dining room, conference room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small courtyard garden.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £100, D,B&B from £175. Set meals from £29. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Schoolgirls are a rarer sight today at this former girls’ boarding school, now restaurant-with-rooms, in historic Shaftesbury, but education is still important: tutored wine-tasting weekends can be arranged. Mary Griffin-Shepherd is the ‘friendly, hands-on’ front-of-house at the ivy-clad stone building; husband, David, and Marc Preston are the much-praised chefs. ‘It continues to be excellent,’ a returning guest says this year. The seasonal dishes, served in the ‘lovely’ dining room, might include ‘well-executed’ crab mousse, samphire; seared Sika venison, apples, shallots, prunes. ‘Try as much of the menu as possible.’ The bedrooms are named after different varieties of grape. Sauvignon is ‘small, but clean and well equipped’; ‘immaculate’ Shiraz is liked for its ‘large, very comfortable’ bed. Superior rooms have a sofa and a laptop computer. Guests in all rooms enjoy home-made biscuits, a fridge with fresh milk and bottles of water. Tuck in to an ‘excellent’ breakfast (freshly squeezed orange juice, porridge, marmalade in pots, a napkin to keep toast warm) before setting off to explore the ‘friendly little town steeped in history’. (John Barnes, CB, and others)
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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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