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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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BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel
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, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: Accepted Dogs allowed at £9.50 per dog per night on request
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

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 Ms Rosie Warren 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)

BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel

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


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Weekend package

18.10.2016 Kenneth M, Leeds, United Kingdom

very good deal through Best Western rewards and ideal location for visits to National Trust properties around the area. The hotel provided all the facilities we required for a weekend break peaceful ... more


Needs a bit of TLC in the rooms

13.10.2016 brydav18, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Stayed for 2 nights as I was working in the local area, and this hotel is placed very closely to the town centre. Location was ideal, however I was disappointed with my room. The decor was very dated... more


Great for a short stay

09.10.2016 richard2112, Penrith, United Kingdom

Its always difficult to fairly review a Best Western hotel, as 'Best Western' is effectively just a sales and marketing organisation with a lot of independent hotels as members, resulting in widely va... more


Dog Friendly? Not even people friendly!

09.10.2016 186338Rob, London, United Kingdom

We were between houses and booked into this hotel for a week through Booking.com as it was shown to be dog friendly. When we arrived we were met by a surly receptionist who informed us that only two r... more


Ok for a night.

08.10.2016 Theophania, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

The hotel is in a good location and looks nice from the outside. Inside it's not very welcoming. The receptionist was pleasant enough. My room was a good size but rather shabby. The bathroom is in nee... more