8. 1 on ground floor.
lounge, bar, dining room, conference room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small courtyard garden.
none, occasional live music nights.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £100, D,B&B from £175. Set meals £30–£37, à la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘The very friendly people are a key feature’ of this ‘excellent, expectation-exceeding’ restaurant-with-rooms, a short walk from the centre of historic Shaftesbury. Very much a local presence, ‘it appears to do or need little by way of direct advertising, relying on word of mouth’ for publicity. Inside the ivy-clad former girls’ boarding school, front-of-house maven Mary Griffin-Shepherd is well liked by visitors, who laud her ‘helpfulness and hands-on attitude’. David Shepherd and Marc Preston’s ‘top-class grub’ is served in the ‘lovely’ restaurant. Local farmers and suppliers provide seasonal ingredients for dishes such as guineafowl, smoked ham and mushroom terrine, blackcurrant, fig and apple chutney; grilled fillet of local sole, fresh asparagus, lemon-infused herb butter. ‘Clean, comfortable’ bedrooms, each named after a variety of grape, are simply decorated and ‘well equipped’ with fresh milk and home-made biscuits. Consider discussing room choices before booking – they vary in size from a standard single to a ‘snug, one-night-only’ double to a family room for three. Breakfast is ‘a real treat’. (JB, CB, and others)
Guide Book Vouchers
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This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.