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The Grosvenor Arms

Dog-friendly rates From £90
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Awaiting Rigby's visit

The Grosvenor Arms

From £90
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4 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Treats / Food
Setting: Country market town
Paws: All welcome
Up to 2 dogs per room

An inn since Medieval times, and sitting beside Gold Hill (famous for its staring role in Ridley Scott’s Hovis commercial), The Grosvenor Arms has a heart and a soul. Dogs are part of the family here and can enjoy their pick of the hotel’s contemporary rooms. From the hotel itself, to Shaftesbury, the Dorset hilltop town in which it rests, everything is steeped in history. You and your dog will love exploring neighbouring Cranborne Chase and the New Forest beyond, before heading back to this buzzy pet-friendly base for a tempting treat or two.

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At The Grosvenor Arms

Relaxed country life is celebrated here at this contemporary, country casual bolt hole. Dog-friendly rooms include luxurious beds, an iPod dock, flatscreen TV, WiFi, a Tassimo coffee machine and a selection of delightful Bramley toiletries.

Pawfect slumbers

All rooms are dog-friendly so fido can have the pick of the bunch. Standard Double rooms are ideal to snuggle down in and come with rain showers and large double beds. Opt for a Superior Double room for that bit more space for your pup to stretch his paws. If a bath is your desire, pick a Deluxe Double room for your home away from home.

For a real treat, try the Junior Suite. With its stylish blue hues, free-standing bath and balcony, it is wonderful for a summer escape. Alternatively there’s the Cranborne Suite. Spacious and airy, this crimson and tartan accented room, with a sumptuous roll-top bath, has space galore for humans and hounds – a perfect winter’s retreat.

Your dog will delight at his gift box in your room, complete with delicious treats. The Grosvenor Arms doesn’t currently offer beds and bowls so be sure to bring your own. We’ll keep our spaniel ears to the ground and update you when this changes.

Human and hound abound

After a stroll around this market town, explore the blissful surrounding countryside – just remember your walking shoes as there are hills a plenty to bound up…or down!

Relax and revive

Hour long facials, conducted by the resident facialist, are available in your room by prior arrangement.

The extra bits

Travel cots are available on request, free of charge. Z Beds for older children can be arranged for £20 a night (which also includes their breakfast) and will fit in the larger rooms.

Rooms facing into the courtyard are a little more peaceful than those at the front, so if you (or your pup) is a light sleeper, request one of these when booking.


  • 16 rooms, all dog-friendly
  • Check-in 2pm
  • Check-out 11am. Late check-out on request, subject to availability
  • Rates from £90
  • Breakfast included in some rates
  • Additional £10 per night, per dog
  • Remember a long lead so fido can bound up Gold Hill, while you take a breather!

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurant

This inviting space is designed to make you relax. Laid back, with comfy banquettes, the restaurant prides itself on its focus on local (and where possible, wild) produce, cooked simply to the diners’ delight.

Menus change regularly but you can expect dishes such as Cornish hake fillet with samphire, fennel, harissa, wild rice and sorrel, or roast rump of lamb with rocket and hazelnut pesto, served alongside new season carrots, bacon, peas and crushed jersey royals. There is also a good selection of West Country cheeses.

Hotel bar

While dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, there are several inviting spaces for your dog to accompany you as you eat, including the bar, deli and courtyard. You can also relax in the conservatory and enjoy an afternoon cup of tea and cake. The bar is wood-panelled and welcoming, while the courtyard, with its gently-flowing fountain, is a perfect place to switch off for both human and hound. The full restaurant menu is available in the bar, conservatory and courtyard.

Don’t forget to try the pizzas! The Grosvenor Arms prides itself on true Italian offerings from its wood-fired oven.

The bar serves food all day alongside a variety of local beers, wines, a selection of Bloody Marys, and a tempting cocktail selection – don’t miss ‘Happy Hour’ from 5pm to 8pm.

At your service

Room service is not available but there are treats a plenty to tempt you both down for dinner.

The extra bits

Children’s menus are available.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying on the first Thursday of the month, make sure you enjoy Jazz Night.

There are also two private dining rooms available should you have a special event to celebrate.

  • Breakfast: 7.30am to 11am
  • The bar, deli and courtyard are open for food from 7.30am to 10pm daily
  • Lunch: Noon to 3pm
  • Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
  • A late afternoon menu, featuring a selection of a la carte dishes and wood-fired pizzas, is available daily
  • Dress code: Barbour jackets for humans and hounds

Where We Are


Shaftesbury, famous as ‘Shaston’ in Thomas Hardy’s novels, is a wonderful place to sample the local fare on market days. Once you’ve taken a turn around the Saxon hill top fort, and admired the Abbey (which dates back to King Alfred’s days) in this delightful town, head out and explore this very English of counties.

Known as the gateway to the South West, this historic town is surrounded by beautiful English countryside and is just half an hour from Cranborne Chase. Straddling the counties of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset, 379 acres of this chalk plateau have been designated an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there is plenty for you to explore with your dog.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below, as well as our guide to the dog-friendly New Forest in Dog Digest.


Address: The Grosvenor Arms, High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8JA

Hit the road

The hotel is easy to find in the centre of Shaftesbury. Just put the postcode in to your SatNav, and whether you arrive from the A350 or the B3081, follow the signs to the town centre. The Grosvenor Arms is on the High Street.

When you arrive, pull up in front of the building and the kind staff will help unpack you and your dog’s belongings. As parking is not available on site, they will then direct you to a long-stay car park just 2 minutes’ walk away, for which they have one parking permit per room.

All aboard

Gillingham railway station is less than five miles away, and is served by South West Trains, who run services direct from Waterloo in just shy of two hours. Arrange a dog-friendly taxi in advance to take you and your dog the rest of the way.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.


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4 Paws Natalie, July, 2017.

We had a wonderful stay at The Grosvenor. The staff are very friendly and our dog was spoilt rotten. The location is perfect for long country walks and the rooms are generous in size so we had plenty of space to spread out. Breakfast was a real treat and we are hoping to return soon!

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