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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates a better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 6 key areas – cleanliness, service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and hospitality.

The merit score for this hotel is 74%. This helps you to compare quality between hotels of the same star rating.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 148 reviews

Quintessentially old English hotel offering warm hospitality

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At a glance

Family rooms
Wheelchair accessible

Period charm and character are plentiful throughout this centuries old coaching inn, which is situated in the heart of a picturesque village. The spacious bedrooms are individually decorated and thoughtfully equipped. Public rooms include a cosy bar, a choice of lounges and an atmospheric restaurant, complete with vaulted timber ceiling.


  • En-suite rooms: 28
  • Family rooms: 2
  • Ground-floor rooms: 9
  • Broadband available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Outdoor parking spaces:36


  • Accessible bedrooms: 3
  • Walk-in showers


  • Children welcome


  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme


  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 30
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 20
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 18

Getting here

M40 junct 6, take B4009 through Watlington & Benson to A4074. Follow signs to Dorchester. Hotel on right

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M40 junct 6
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