HO­TEL: THE Grosvenor arms, SHAFTES­BURY, Dorset

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THE HO­TEL The Grosvenor Arms is part of the Stay Orig­i­nal Com­pany's four-strong col­lec­tion of bou­tique ho­tels and inns in South West Eng­land. This 16-room ho­tel is its most cor­po­rate-fo­cused, with around three­quar­ters of mid­week guests stay­ing at the ho­tel on busi­ness. A fifth ho­tel, the 30-room King's Arms in Dorch­ester, is cur­rently be­ing ren­o­vated and is due to open in early 2019. "We love in­ter­est­ing build­ings and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple," states the group's web­site.

THE CHECK- IN I ar­rived around 9pm on a balmy sum­mer's evening and a con­vivial at­mos­phere em­anated from the bar and open court­yard as I en­tered the re­cep­tion. I was quickly checked-in and is­sued with a com­pli­men­tary pass to park overnight just down the road in a long-stay car park. I was also asked if I'd like to or­der any­thing from the restau­rant which was clos­ing im­mi­nently.

THE ROOM I stayed in a ju­nior suite (there are also dou­bles, pre­mium rooms and a lux­ury suite) lo­cated up a cou­ple

of un­even flights of stairs at one end of the Ge­or­gian build­ing. The room was un­com­fort­ably hot but a fan on full power and open­ing the dou­ble doors – which opened on to a roof ter­race with ta­ble and chairs – soon helped rem­edy this. The room was gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned and in­cluded a bath­room with walk-in shower and a sep­a­rate roll­top bath within the room it­self. There was also a desk, sofa, wall-mounted TV, cof­fee ma­chine and large wardrobe.

THE FA­CIL­I­TIES The restau­rant is headed by Tom Blake (for­merly of River Cot­tage) and is big on lo­cally sourced pro­duce. There's also a nicely fur­nished bar (with ex­ten­sive wine list) and a cen­tral court­yard area. For meet­ings and events, there's the first-floor Assem­bly Room with high ceil­ings, huge sash win­dows and space for up to 60 guests for din­ing or 100 for net­work­ing events. The Li­brary (for up to 16 peo­ple) is a pri­vate room within the restau­rant and there's also The Snug for up to 10 peo­ple. Wifi ac­cess is free through­out.

THE VER­DICT The Grosvenor Arms is a de­light­ful his­toric ho­tel in a lovely mar­ket town set­ting. It ex­udes a homely at­mos­phere with rus­tic but stylish decor and its fa­cil­i­ties be­lie its small size.

THE DE­TAILS The Grosvenor Arms, The Com­mons, Shaftes­bury, Dorset, SP7 8JA. Tel: 01747 850 580. Rates start from £105 per night in­clud­ing break­fast. grosveno­rarms.co.uk

"A de­light­ful his­toric ho­tel in A lovely Mar­ket Town set­ting"

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