Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK
There are 16 rooms (including a luxurious Suite) arranged on 2
upper floors. As you’d expect of an old building, they come
in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all are light, spacious and
furnished with luxury handmade beds by Beaudesert of Tisbury
and bespoke furniture. And though they don’t offer much in
the way of external views (other than rooftops and hill glimpses),
there’s plenty of eye candy on the inside.
In many of the rooms, the basic house palette of greys, greens and stone is warmed up with accents of aubergine, red or hot pink, and livened up with wallpapers and upholstered headboards (the latter using Beaudesert’s Cecil Beaton fabrics - Beaton spent 15 years in nearby Ashcombe House, later the home of Madonna). All have soft neutral carpet underfoot, a Tassimo coffee machine, an iPod dock and towelling robes in the suites. Queen or kingsize beds are dressed in Italian cotton linen – in 9 of the rooms, they can be converted into twins.
In the Standard rooms (still a decent size), most of the bathrooms are shower only. In Deluxe or Superior Doubles there is a mix of bathroom types – some with baths with showers over, some with just rain showers. Street-facing rooms can be subject to a bit of noise, so if that bothers you, request one overlooking the courtyard - though bear in mind that in summer, diners will be out here until 11pm.
For a wow factor, check into the Cranborne Suite – a lofty bed-sitting room with a free-standing bath, a working fireplace (remote-controlled gas flame), a pony-skin reclining lounger, a big bay window with views down into the courtyard and a huge double shower and twin basins. There are also 2 Junior Suites, one of which (#9) has French windows opening onto a private top-floor balcony - a generous deck of sun-lounging space overlooking the courtyard below.
- iPod dock
- WiFi Internet
- Central Heating
- Baby Cots
- Extra Beds
- Complimentary toiletries
- Coffee maker