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The Retreat
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The Retreat
Ranked #7 of 24 Shaftesbury B&B and Inns
Den Haag
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138 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place, we loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

We think The Retreat is a very beautiful place, with great breakfast and very nice people! Our 8 years old son liked it the best from our total holiday in the South of England, even better than the London Eye. He got candy and Bernard had a special shooting thing to play with. He said Bernard and Sheena are so nice and friendly and sweet. And we (parents) agree! And Shaftesbury is a nice, central, village.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

My husband and I stayed here overnight on our way to visit friends in Devon, travelling from London by car. We arrived late in the afternoon in Shaftesbury and went straight to the Information Centre. The ladies there were very helpful and quickly found us a room at The Retreat, just up the road. The owners, Sheena nd Bernard are lovely, warm and welcoming. The building is very old and has been beautifully and lovingly renovated and decorated The bed was very comfortable, and the room spacious with a fabulous view south towards Compton Abbas and the surrounding hills. Sheena and Bernard efficiently cooked and served a tasty hot breakfast served in the dining room with lots of history abour Shaftesbury and The Retreat.

Room Tip: With the view ovder the hills if you like that sort of thing. Both rooms we were shown were lovely t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Being a regular traveller and vistor of Shaftesbury on business trips I was delighted to find The retreat. Just off the High Street the location is excellent.

However the place itself was a little dissapointing as it always fely as you were in somebodys house. The hosts although very friendly were a little over- bearing but I guess they were just passionate about their hotel which I think they kept clean and well maintained. No hot food was allowed in rooms which is of little use to somebody who is on the road every day and doesnt always want to eat out. Bernard and Sheena made it clear that I could eat my food in their kitchen with them but at the end of a days work I just wanted to eat alone, in peace, in my bedroom.

The shower in my room was barely a trickle and water not even lukewarm.

Great hosts, friendly. But just not for me.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at The Retreat for a few nights and would not recommend it to those who would like to enjoy their privacy. The house was clean, but old fashioned. The owners appeared to be friendly, but were obsessed with the house. We found them rude to tell off guests who dared to sit on the 'antique' chair they left in the hallway and it felt uncomfortable when they rearranged our bathroom stuff the way they liked it everyday. They even rearranged our belongings on the desk, and replugged our laptop so that the cable ran behind the desk! It was also instrusive of the lady owner to come in the room and turned the desk lamp off (when we were right there). All in all, we didn't feel that we had any ownership of the room we paid for during our stay. We would not come back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed here while attending a wedding. The place is immaculate. the owners were a delight and couldn't do enough for you. Our room ( with a king size bed) was enormous, so clean and well decorated. The breakfast was very good. The parking was a little bit restricted as it had a very narrow entrance through an arch. It was in a great position - right in the centre of Shaftsbury. We would definitely return.

Room Tip: The only one I think with a king size bed - it was a huge room
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank minxwales
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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Bernard had reserved a ground floor room for my brother and sister in law who have mobility problems. Both their room and ours, on the first floor, were large and comfortably furnished. Bernard booked a restaurant for us, and he and Sheena provided an excellent breakfast.

Welcoming host and hostess. Absolutely central location and parking facilities. A good stopover for Shaftesbury

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kingscote, Australia
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

We were warmly welcomed by Sheena. Our rooms were lovely, very clean and comfortable. Great parking at rear of B&B. Highly recommend staying here

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Retreat

Property: The Retreat
Address: 47 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Shaftesbury
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Shaftesbury
Hotel Class:4 star — The Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family run Georgian townhouse in the level part of Shaftesbury close to the restaurants, pubs & shop's ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Retreat Shaftesbury, Dorset

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