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Population: 7000
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Le Chanterelle
"We have just come back from yet another visit to this wonderful restaurant, having had the most beautiful meal - as always!! We discovered this "hidden gem" about three years ago ..." More

The Royal Chase
"Good Points: breakfast was excellent size of bathroom friendly receptionist

Date visited: 2009-07-28 ..." More

The Royal Chase
"Good Points: Standard of rooms was very high. The resturant food and service was very good. Breakfast for which you pay extra was excellent. Bad Points: The standard of room given ..." More

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Shaftesbury is one of the oldest and highest towns in England and dominates what Thomas Hardy called the 'engirdled and secluded' Blackmore Vale. In Hardy's novels the vale is known as 'Vale of the Little Dairies'. Gold Hill was made famous by the Hovis Bread advertisement; with its steep cobbles and picturesque cottages it encapsulates the perfect image of old English rural charm. The town is also famous for its ruined Abbey and the nearby Wardour Castle. There are a number of wonderful old buildings around, including the impressive Shaftesbury Town Hall. These, the views from its lofty position and the chance to walk up and down or just admire Gold Hill make Shaftesbury a must-see place. Although Shaftesbury's recorded history dates from Anglo-Saxon times, it may have been the Celtic Caer Palladur. Alfred the Great established a Burgh, or fortified settlement, here in 880 as a defence in the struggle with the Danish invaders. Alfred and his daughter Ethelgiva founded Shaftesbury Abbey in 888, which was a spur to the growing importance of the town. Athelstan founded three royal mints, which struck pennies bearing the town's name. The abbey became the wealthiest Benedictine nunnery in England. King Canute died at Shaftesbury in 1035.


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La Fleur de Lys (0.06 miles)

La Fleur de Lys

Welcome to La Fleur de Lys Restaurant with Rooms, Situated in the Centre of Shaftesbury and personally run by David, Mary & Marc.
The hotel offers a warm, inviting, friendly atmosphere with an emphasis on Freshness, ... More | visit website

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Hotel Grosvenor (0.12 miles)

Hotel Grosvenor

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This beautiful listed building with its imposing and elegant Georgian facade has over the past two years been totally restored and renovated now offering contemporary bedrooms and a stunning restaurant ... More

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The Royal Chase (0.76 miles)

The Royal Chase

Close to the centre of historic Shaftesbury, the Royal Chase revels in the surrounding glories of the Dorset countryside and the ample charms of Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Unspoiled, beautiful counties, offering a wide ... More | visit website

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The Glen B&B (2.47 miles)

The Glen B&B
The Glen is an eighteenth Century farmhouse recently restored to a high standard. Set in the delightful countryside of Hardy's Wessex, this welcoming home has views over surrounding farmland and lake. Less than three miles ... More | visit website
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Grove Arms Inn (2.81 miles)

Grove Arms Inn

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The Grove Arms is a 16th century country inn, laced with history and recently redecorated to a very high standard, offering one of the highest standard of accomodation in the ... More

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The Wheelwrights at Old Forge Cottages (2.88 miles)

The Wheelwrights at Old Forge Cottages

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Ideally situated for exploring Hardy's Wessex, and boasting wonderful walking from the doorstep, these charming and comfortable cottages are perfect for a relaxing break. The Wheelwrights adjoins ... More

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The Benett Arms (3.09 miles)

The Benett Arms

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16th century village inn overlooking village green, pond, and church,set amongst rolling hills on wiltshire /dorset boarder Traditional english food fine selection of wine ... More

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Applehay Studio (3.12 miles)

Applehay Studio

Applehay Studio is set on the Dorset, Wiltshire border in a rural setting in the middle of a traditional picturesque village green. It is directly opposite a friendly village pub, which dispenses real ales and ... More | visit website

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Crown Inn (3.87 miles)

Crown Inn

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Family run Country Pub with Rooms. Conveniently located en-route to the South Coast, (Poole and Bournemouth), on the main A350 just 4 miles South of Shaftesbury. The Crown Inn provides ... More

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Cools Farm (4.36 miles)

Cools Farm

Cools Farm is an original 1620s listed farmhouse recently refurbished to a high standard. Three double bedrooms, one of which is a Family Room, provide comfortable and characterful accommodation for our guests and we are ... More | visit website

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