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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


  • TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 341 traveller reviews
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Some way short of lovely...

18/09/2016 Peter C, London, United Kingdom

This is a nice hotel (building) with friendly staff but when I stayed there with my son it was disappointing. The hotel has a feel of being past its best and in need of investment. For example, the po... more


Best carvery we've had in a very long time

06/09/2016 AliceGay, Yeovil, United Kingdom

Beautifully cooked food, lovely staff and really nice setting. Everything was fresh and tasty and our party of 14 had a fantastic lunch. Even my dad (who is a very fussy eater) enjoyed it and is tell... more


Lovely hotel

04/09/2016 Amanda E,

Stayed here for 2 nights for a family wedding. The hotel is lovely and rooms were clean and comfy. The only thing that let's this hotel down is the rude reception staff. Even when we were leaving they... more



04/09/2016 tripviewer50, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Place needs a new manager...poor standards and poor attitude of most of the senior staff. On arrival noticed litter a cigarette packet on reception steps Arrived with a dog...hotel states pet friend... more

Owner Response
Lesley A, Manager at BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you once again for taking the time to write a your review - I have responded through another source ,but i am happy to do so again. We believe your "poor "review comes from you arriving with a dog without our prior knowledge. Once again i have copied and pasted information regarding dogs from our website. Dogs: Whilst we do accommodate our four legged friends we only have an extremely limited number of rooms within which they may be accommodated. We therefore ask that we be notified in advance (preferably at the time of booking) in the event that you are travelling with a dog and reserve the right to refuse them otherwise. We will supply you with written confirmation by reply and ask that you kindly bring this with you upon your arrival. We are unable to confirm arrangements verbally. Allocation of a suitable room is subject to availability. Unfortunately you had not advised us that you were arriving with a dog. We have two rooms which we allocate for guests for dogs , how you can make the assumption that these are two run down rooms near the back is puzzling - as the two dog friendly rooms are at opposite ends of the hotel,nor were you told that !I certainly dont recall you "near begging"- and i certainly was not smirking. Breakfast service unfortunately can always be a bit chaotic on a Bank Holiday as everyone always seem to decsend at once - your photos were taken at the end of an extrememly busy bank holiday breakfast . I believe you spoke to my Deputy Manager on departure. I am sorry that we did not meet your expectations , however i feel from the moment of arrival we were never going to. Kind Regards

Excellent Lunch and Service

03/09/2016 Brenda L, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

We went on a sunday coach trip from a excellent travel agent from Chippenham. We had two sight seeing tours. We stopped at the Best Western Royal Chase Hotel,Shaftesbury for sunday lunch. The carvery ... more