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This inn may be popular with shooting parties and the country set but it also offers a stylish bolthole for anyone looking for excellent food in a relaxing ambience. Gun-dog ceramics, nature prints, antiques and forest green plaid cushions amplify the country heritage theme. Lovely little touches in the eight bedrooms add to the homely feel - think a plaid-covered hot water bottle to cosy up to on cold nights. An eclectic menu in the two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant offers everything from haunch of venison and local Rushmore partridge Kiev to turbot with clams and haddock and chips. Your four-legged friend is welcome here too with bowls and beds provided on request. Insured gun cabinets are available for shooting parties.

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Kathryn Liston
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A travel writer for more than 40 years, Kathryn has visited more than 100 countries - and has loved every minute of it. Whether she’s cycling down a volcano in Maui (Hawaii), dog sledding in Sweden or cycling along the Rhine, it’s been a fun ride! You’ll find her articles and hotel reviews in national newspapers, such as The Telegraph and Observer, national magazines, online (Silver Travel Advisor) and in the travel trade press.



We loved walking into picturesque Tollard Royal and discovering the pretty medieval Grade II-listed King John's House with panoramic views of the estate.

Located within Cranborne Chase AONB, Rushmore Park is a 5-minute walk away, while the city of Salisbury is 30 minutes by car.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours 45 minutes from London and 4 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Salisbury takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. It's a 30-minute taxi ride to the hotel.

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Style & Character

Groups of friends, particularly shooting parties and couples looking for excellent food in stylish surroundings will enjoy it here. There's a country theme, particularly with vintage forest green winged chairs and nature-themed pictures and prints on the walls.

Service & Facilities

We loved the enthusiasm with which staff talk about the local attractions and surrounding estates, which made us want to explore.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Board games
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

All rooms are dog friendly and bowls and bedding can be provided on request (£15 per dog).


The Indulgent Room features a retro telephone, an impressive model sailing-rig and a wonderful bronze race horse on the mantelpiece. Rooms have delightful little touches - a plaid-covered hot water bottle, homemade shortbread and a 'we are still sleeping' bag hanging on the door.

The Classic, The Feature, The Indulgent
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Dishes are creative, such as a lavender crème caramel and bayleaf ice cream - not your usual pub grub deserts. The sea trout smoked by the pub and served with tender sweet beets is absolutely delicious.

King John Inn: 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant. Classic British cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients. Dishes include haunch of venison, pie and ribeye steak. Open for lunch and dinner, Wed-Sat. Sunday lunch served 12-5pm.

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