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The Fontmell

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Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board
Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board
Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board
Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board

Overview of The Fontmell

The Fontmell

3.5 star property
3.5-star inn in Shaftesbury with restaurant and bar/lounge

8.4/10 Very good

61 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
Crown Hill, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, England, SP7 0PA
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Barbecue grills
  • Newspapers in lobby (surcharge)
Feel at home
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coffee/tea maker

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • Poole Harbour - 33 min drive
  • Longleat - 43 min drive
  • Longleat Safari and Adventure Park - 40 min drive
  • Bournemouth Beach - 57 min drive
  • Bournemouth International Centre - 58 min drive
  • New Forest National Park - 48 min drive
  • Stonehenge - 48 min drive
  • Durdle Door - 43 min drive
  • Cotswolds - 47 min drive

Getting around

  • Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.) - 38 min drive
  • Gillingham Dorset Station - 16 min drive
  • Tisbury Station - 26 min drive
  • Warminster Station - 27 min drive


  • Cricketers - 6 min drive
  • The Half Moon - 7 min drive
  • Chutneys - 7 min drive
  • John Peel Restaurant - 7 min drive
  • Gusto - 7 min drive

About this property

The Fontmell

Enjoy your visit to Shaftesbury with a stay at The Fontmell. You can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. The comfortable beds and helpful staff get good marks from fellow travellers.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 6 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3 PM until 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and lockbox information; your host will greet you
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets allowed (dogs only, 2 per room)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Specific rooms only*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Free off-site parking nearby

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • BBQs
  • Room service (limited hours)


  • Garden
  • Library


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • No lift (single-level property)
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Step-free path to entrance


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for GBP 30 per night
  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds and rollaway/extra beds


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 15 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Fontmell Inn Dorset
Fontmell Inn
Fontmell Dorset
Fontmell Inn Shaftesbury
Fontmell Shaftesbury
The Fontmell Inn
The Fontmell Shaftesbury
The Fontmell Inn Shaftesbury

Frequently asked questions

Does The Fontmell offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Fontmell does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Fontmell?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Fontmell?
Yes, dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room. There's a charge of GBP 15 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at The Fontmell?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Fontmell?
You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Fontmell and nearby?
The Fontmell has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Fontmell?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Cricketers (3 mi), The Half Moon (4.1 mi) and Chutneys (4.4 mi).

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Perfect little place in a perfect area.
A really nice place with extra little quirky rooms. Perfect for our stay for a wedding. Really loved the place.
Dan, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Andrea, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

There is too much information to fit in this review so I have confined to bullet points: Complaints, based on facts which can all be evidenced with photographs; receipts; and audio files: - Room 4 was awful. Decoration and fittings in a very poor condition/ cleanliness / state of disrepair. We were moved to Room 5. Allot better but with cobwebs on bedside and main light shades. Lacked a curtain on upper window which allowed light to come in at unwanted times. Walls were paper thin as the music and noise from a party from the adjoining cottage could be heard in our room, as if it was in our room, to the extent that we couldn’t hear our TV over it and couldn’t sleep until after 2am! We complained but the hotel advised that they could not force them to turn the sound down but had asked to no avail. - At breakfast the milk was served in a dirty / stained jug, which looked like the remnants of gravy. A young and evidently inexperienced member of staff had filled the cafetière too full and as a result the hot coffee sprayed out when my wife depressed the filter mechanism. Luckily it did not scald her but stained her clothes and covered the table. We reported it and we’re move to another table. - After the calamity of things issues and the fact that we did not sleep, and my wife’s birthday weekend was spoilt as we were too tired to continue the next day, you would have thought that the Manager would at least be there to apologise the next morning and a good hotel would offer
Justin, 1-night romance trip
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4/10 Fair

It did not look like the photos. Breakfast, they brought out my hot food whilst I was still eating my cereal. You could tell the hot food had been sitting around a while, not freshly cooked. Room not worth the money, very expensive to drink, London prices £5 a pint of larger. Very disappointing.
1-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Lovely quaint pub, good food and lovely staff. Issue with no hot water in the rooms in the evening and a dripping tap that kept us awake... but overall a nice weekend!
Manny, 1-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Our room was quiet, pleasant, and clean with a comfy bed and the high ceiling the standout feature. The room had many unique features including a TV from a by-gone era (that's the only critisism but we come to watch TV).
1-night romance trip
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2/10 Poor

Ask for a fan!
It was so hot in the room (2), window open Made no difference, no fan, noise from heavy traffic. Booked a week in advance to have dinner, confirmed when we arrived, to find we were not allocated a table for dinner, but expected to sit on low armchairs with a coffee table to eat from. When food came it was nice though. Just hard to eat! When I asked, I was told I should have booked a table!
Dawn, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

paul, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Overall very nice place for a wkend trip
Very attractive location and property. Friendly staff and good food - English breakfast was particularly delicious! Room 4 was quite snug but suitable for a short stay - however the bed was extremely hard and that sadly resulted in a really poor nights’ sleep.
Stephanie, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Unique in having stream fed by Spring Head flowing through the building in feature glazed link to restaurant
1-night romance trip
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