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Best Western The Royal Chase Hotel.

18th Century charm, 21st Century convenience.

Best Western The Royal Chase Hotel enjoys a prime location, nestled in its own extensive grounds on the outskirts of Shaftesbury at the heart of Thomas Hardy Country. Comfortable rooms, award-winning cuisine and an indoor swimming pool are just some of the reasons youll fall for this quaint hotel, while Gold Hill, made famous by the Hovis TV commercial, is well worth leaving the comfort of the hotel for. The original hotel building dates back do 1753. As an ex-monastery it has a history of peace and quiet, and we're happy to say the mood of tranquility remains!

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For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 0844 387 6034*


2016 dinner inclusive rates offer a £25 per person à la carte allowance
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Indoor Pool, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide and hearing dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00
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Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars

With the launch of the new menu this year Robert has sourced and introduced lots of local produce and still values the "we serve all our guests" and not the buffet style of service now common. His talented team of chefs serve up their exciting creative interpretation of classic and modern dishes and compliment it with lighter snacks that run throughout the day.

Chef Robert Hirst



The traditionally decorated restaurant is named after a local festival dating back through the years.
Savour the culinary tradition that takes hearty inspiration from the diverse and local ingredients and produce of an English growing year. The alcove area can seat small dinner parties up to 16, with more tables looking out over the grounds of the hotel

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Breakfast Room

Breakfast is served to all guests, with a self serve for cereals/fruit and a range of chilled juicies. Traditional full english


Country Bar

Our bar is a cosy place for a nightcap, and a delightful place to while away an hour or two during the day. With a real log fire in winter and with exterior seating on The Colonnade where, you'll enjoy quality time here all year round!

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


Rushmore Golf Club

Course information

Course Type: parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Distance: 0 Yards
No handicap required


4.00 miles away in


9 holes Yes

Spa & Leisure

Leisure Facilities

  • Indoor Swimming pool


" Congratulations" - We will make sure your day is a memorable one in every way, we have a dedicated team that will assit the Bride and Groom in a friendly and caring way. The Best Western The Royal Chase has it all, the venue,the grounds, the team and accommodation. The co ordinator will be on hand along with management team to make this joyfull occasion a day to remember.


Wedding service and reception venue

We hold a Wedding Licence so you can enjoy the whole day with us from start to finish, or arrive in style at this beatiful tree lined venue ,surrounded by landscaped lawns. After the ceremony, enjoy your first drink together as a happy couple surrounded by friends and family on the front lawn.


We cater for all of your needs, from 3 course meals, Grand buffets, Hog Roasts and BBQ's.
We can also cater for up to 120 sit down guests or the smaller intimate numbers. Evening reception see the number rise up to 150, with dedicated DJ's that we can arrange and you are in touch with, or your own entertainment can be accommodated.

Honeymoon Suite

Named after the famous Dorset writer, The Thomas Hardy Suite offers true rural refinement. Even the great man himself would be lost for words, with a traditionally styled four poster bed, luxury bathroom fittings, spa bath and a lounge area providing once-in-a-lifetime luxury. We'll offer this wonderful suite to you as a welcome wedding present too!


Registry office:
North Dorset District Council
Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7LN
01305 2255153

For any enquiries please call Miss Claire Hill on 01747 853355

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Send to Tom Tom

Nearest motorway: M4, J8, 30.00 miles
Nearest train station: Gillingham, 4.00 miles
Nearest airport: Bournemouth, 19.00 miles
Free parking on site (101 spaces)
On site disabled parking (2 spaces)


What's nearby?


  • Portland National Sail Training Academy (43 miles)

  • Bath Rugby Team (34 miles)

  • Yeovil Town Football Club (21 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Stonehenge (25 miles)

  • Stourhead House & Gardens (4 miles)

  • Longleat Safari and adventure park (20 miles)

  • Monkey World (29 miles)

  • Wardour Castle (8 miles)


  • Shaftesbury High Street (1 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


Best Western The Royal Chase Hotel is an ideal venue for all of your conference needs.
We have multi conference rooms to suit all sizes and the grounds for those team building exercises. The location is close to the major road links of the A30 and A350. We have a "I care" attitude and ensure all conference organisers and delegates are cared for in every way.

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Wessex 180 90 65 70 150
Beaulieu 42 24 15 26 32
Longleat 25 16 12 18 24
Belmont 72 45 30 32 48
Dorset 50 30 20 26 32
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


  • TripAdvisor
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29/01/2016 Lakeys-bird, Gloucester, United Kingdom

In great need of refurbishment, extremely dated. Staff ok, however over priced meals and sad, tired decor. I have stayed in lighter, brighter, cheaper budget hotels half the price of this one. Did n... more


Lovely relaxing break

12/01/2016 Thecount49, Hampshire

I have to admit to being a little concerned reading a review just before our visit in January, but I can only assume that the "shooting party" had unrealistic expectations or were extremely unlucky. O... more


Excellent value

10/01/2016 Norman T, Hornchurch, United Kingdom

All the staff I encountered were smart, attentive, helpful and friendly. The decor in the room I occupied was tired and in need of redecoration. I thought a little more attention could have been given... more


Unwolcomeing, With staff resentfull to be at work !

05/01/2016 Chambo1975, Cheltenham, United Kingdom

I personally organised a days game shooting close to Shaftsbury as I do most years but was unable to get accommodation at my usual hotel in the town for my 9 guests due to the hotel being booked for a... more

Owner Response
Lesley A, Manager at BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel, responded to this review
I very much refute your comments. My staff and I are long tenured in the service industry, the service we provide is, as the overwhelming majority of our guests comments attest, frequently exceeding the requirements of our guests. With all due respect it is not our responsibility to understand gun laws, I find the suggestion poorly considered. We are adaptable to the often changing requirements of our guests to the best of our ability - a prerequisite of service industry workers. We are not however experts in all matters despite our best efforts. Reasonable persons would not, I believe, agree that we should have 'an education' in gun law. Some of your group were, respectfully, irresponsible and as such were politely asked to move/remove their guns from locations which we considered inappropriate. I do believe your negative comments seek to disrupt others perceptions of us in retribution for this. Common sense would dictate that the actions and behaviour of some of your group was irresponsible. We must consider all our guests, respectfully not only yourselves. You were informed about the wedding in advance and we simply asked you to relocate whist we greeted the wedding party, a measure which was also for your own comfort. This was only temporary until the wedding party entered their function room. You fail to mention that you kindly agreed following our offer of complimentary drinks. I do not recall any objection at the time and hence find your comment unfair. Though you regrettably consider our management of the situation at the time as 'rudeness' I do believe you are incorrect in this. I do thank you for your feedback and it is most unfortunate that you choose to refrain from further visits with us. Thank you.

Like a nightclub in the room

19/12/2015 996c2, glos

The noise levels from the disco are just not acceptable for paying guests. Very poor attitude to customer service from the majority of the staff . Would never stay here again. Best Western you seriou... more

Owner Response
Lesley A, Manager at BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It is most unfortunate that you have left us with this regrettable impression. Having spoken with my colleagues I understand some members of your group were unsatisfied at being refused a request for a discounted bottle of port, for being asked to remove a gun from the bar (I should note for the benefit of others that your group visit related to firearms) and for a derogatory comment made towards a young female member of staff. With all due respect; regrettably in such circumstances I must fully support the actions of my colleagues in politely asking that they cease. We pride ourselves on our customer service as the considerable majority of our feedback attests. This being said I am sorry that your own perception is of a negative nature. We do have a responsibility for the comfort, safety and security of all our guests and colleagues. Whilst I welcome all feedback it is my view that your own follows your group being asked to conduct themselves more appropriately