Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK
The Bath Chronicle, October 2010
"... the best cooked breakfast I have ever had. Every element was packed with flavour, each done to perfection. Chef Mark Treasure is aptly named. He is what makes this 16-room hotel in the beautiful Dorset town of Shaftesbury something really special. Restored at a cost of "more than £2 million and rising", [Hotel Grosvenor] sings with style."
The Sunday Times (Hot Hotels for 2010)
"You may never have been to Shaftesbury, in Dorset, but you’ll know Gold Hill, aka the Hovis Hill in Ridley Scott’s classic ad. Hotel Grosvenor, a glamorous reworking of a grand Georgian building, has just opened there, with a Michelin-starred chef, Mark Treasure, cooking mains for a tenner."
The Independent, September 2010
"This Georgian building has been stylishly reworked by new owner Charlie Barkshire and is an ideal base to explore the surrounding Dorset countryside. The food is fantastic, if a little fussily presented, in the hotel's Greenhouse restaurant where Michelin-starred chef, Mark Treasure, turns out mains for less than £10 and a delightful local cheese board."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“Quite disappointing alround and should not be on i-escape. food was very bland, service unprofessional (e.g. on checking in the receptionist says that there are very few guests staying, yet 2 min later when we ask to change rooms she says it is impossble since all other rooms are taken... i rest my case).”
barbro, Sweden (02.07.12)
“Firstly i would like to compliment the i-escape agent that i dealt with while booking the holiday, Daisy Gell. It was the Jubilee weekend and we booked late and I found her very good. The hotel was in a good location for the 2 trips we did with our children.
I was however a bit disappointed with the hotel. I have stayed in i-escape hotels many times now and our next holiday is an i-escape villa in puglia with my sister and her family. This hotel was too expensive for what it was. The room was nice and a good size, but the common areas were not very well kept. The staff were all very young and, while nice, not very good. When we checked out we weren't asked about our stay.”
naoishe, Ireland (04.06.12)
“Room was lovely, but had paid £155 for a superior room, so fully expected it to be nice. Dinner on the Saturday evening was superb, well worth the visit, breakfast was standard in the morning, but enjoyable. The hotel is a little tired & could do with a lick of paint here & there in the common areas.”
Rachael, United Kingdom (20.05.12)
“Location, breakfast and decor were all very nice, however I think the whole experience lacked the finesse of other hotels I have stayed at for this price. I would suggest a larger TV in the bedroom more easily visible from the bed, better use of space in the bedroom (the room was large but a big corner of it was empty), better training in service standards for the younger staff, a bar area slightly more in keeping with the more rural and cosy nature of the area and finally better housekeeping (there were room service plates left outside a room for some time without being cleared). The are a couple of fantastic pubs in the area for eating at. The Fontmell at Fontmell Magna and The Stapleton Arms at Buckhorn Weston were both very good. Ashmore is a beautiful village with a lovely 7 mile walk through the woods.”
Helen, United Kingdom (07.05.12)
“Lovely room (we stayed in the Junior Suite no. 9) with more than enough space to spend the morning, reading the papers whilst we waited for the rain to pass!
Breakfast was very efficient and always tasty and freshly prepared. Dinner was gorgeous - we ate in the restaurant twice and think the chef's forte is definitely meat (whilst the fish dishes were very nice; the duck, pork belly and steak were in a different league). It was a little quieter than we thought - Saturday is certainly buzzier than Friday.
Really liked the cocktail bar and the staff in the bar, restaurant and reception were all very helpful, friendly, courteous and relaxed.”
Melanie, United Kingdom (12.09.11)