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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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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.

Sat nav users: type SP7 8DB

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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 264 traveller reviews
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Excellent service

21/09/2015 John B, Shaftbury, United Kingdom

The staff were very helpful throughout the hotel and throughout our stay. The hotel was clean and tidy, amenities we good. Menu was great, a good range to choose from both for breakfast and supper and... more


Weekend at Royal Chase

21/09/2015 Peter Y, London, United Kingdom

Excellent (recently renovated) room and bathroom - shame about the lack of water pressure for the shower Good choice of food in the restaurant, which was well presented and very tasty Service in the ... more


Avoid wedding bookings

14/09/2015 vernewood, Bedford, United Kingdom

We booked this hotel for a few days relaxing in Dorset on the basis that it was Charming and Quiet. Charming? - Maybe: the location is certainly good and the building would have been elegant in its ... more


Nice hotel.

14/09/2015 sandramcc, Cheshire UK

The hotel is clean and quiet, the staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast was nice with plenty of choice, I would stay there again as very pleased with everything. The hotel is situated on a rou... more


Lovelly Hotel in great location

10/09/2015 Peterthewalker, Crawley, United Kingdom

Great room - particularly large and airy in older part of hotel. Interesting and tasty food, very well presented. Has its own leisure pool to help unwind after a days work. Within easy walking distanc... more