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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   47 Bell St., Shaftesbury SP7 8AE, England
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The Retreat
Ranked #14 of 25 Shaftesbury B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Burford, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my stay at The Retreat very much and Sheena and Bernard are kind and thoughtful hosts. My room was spotlessly clean and breakfast was delicious. Off-road parking at the back is useful although the entrance is narrow, so watch out! I would definitely return.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I just came back from a 4 nights stay at The Retreat. The hosts, Sheena&Bernard, were more than welcoming even though I arrived past 8 pm and they were actually out. Sheena came straight back when I gave her a call, showing me the parking, the room and everything. They gave helpful advise for restaurants and sightseeing in the area.... More

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Just came across this guest house by chance. Couldn't have found a better place to stay. Large light room, Very clean & comfy, excellent en suite. Hosts most welcoming & breakfast wonderful. Private off road parking a bonus as in the middle of town.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Do not stay at this B&B unless you fit into a very strict conservative type. This is by no means a 'retreat', they want you up and out of their house as soon as possible. We'd booked a two night stay (Saturday and Sunday) despite only needing one night as they have a two night minimum stay policy. End of... More

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flyer172, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback which is valuable even when as in this case, it arises from a misunderstanding. As a result of your concerns we have looked at the way in which we describe our reservations process and information we give clients at the time of making a reservation. It is our sincere wish that as a consequence, we... More

Bingley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were looking for a comfortable and upmarket place to stay in Shaftesbury to see Gold Hill and other Thomas Hardy country sites. it seemed our choice was between La Fleur de Lys and The Retreat. Thankfully, we chose the Retreat. Bell Street is a quiet backwater of Shaftesbury but only five minutes walk from town and Gold Hill. Bernard... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

I had a very enjoyable stay in The Retreat. The room was lovely and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious and Sheena and Bernard were delightful. Wonderful place and wonderful people. I would highly recommend it and I hops that some day I can visit again.

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Bernard and Sheena made my family very welcome and their property is furbished to a very high standard. Lovely breakfast too. The property is full of character and within walking distance of Golds Hill and the town centre.

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Guildford, Surrey
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this delightful bed and breakfast. Bernard and Sheena were very welcoming and helpful. The breakfast was excellent and my single room perfectly comfortable and very clean. I would not hesitate to recommend staying there.

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed at The Retreat whilst passing through Shaftesbury on a sponsored bike ride across England. The owners were very tolerant of all our messy cycling gear, helped us lock up the bikes. Rooms were very clean and comfy, and a central location so we could head straight out for supper.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Spent a few lovely days in S at The Retreat B & B with the best comfort and well cared for by the hosts, Sheena and Bernhard. Fantastic room and lovely breakfast and we heartily recommend The Retreat.

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Address: 47 Bell St., Shaftesbury SP7 8AE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Shaftesbury
Hotel Class:4 star — The Retreat 4*
Also Known As:
The Retreat Shaftesbury, Dorset

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