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“Subtely stylish, very friendly and helpful, reasonably priced.”
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The Retreat
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The Retreat
Ranked #8 of 23 Shaftesbury B&B and Inns
Bingley, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Subtely stylish, very friendly and helpful, reasonably priced.”
Reviewed 30 August 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 and Sheena are very friendly with a wealth of local knowledge. The rooms retain Georgian character, are very comfortable and clean with everything we needed. Our first morning we opted for a full - and I do mean full - English breakfast, the second we had scrambled egg and smoke salmon with croissant. Sheena also offered us kippers or fish cobbler. Both Bernard and Sheena were very knowledgable about local (and not so local!) sites to see, and were spot on about the best places to eat in Shaftesbury, which helped us enormously (when you`ve walked up Gold Hill three times the novelty sort of wears off!!). With big, comfortable rooms, very friendly hosts who bent over backwards to ensure our stay with them was as enjoyable as possible, the Retreat is where we will be staying without question should we return to Thomas Hardy country (highly likely!). Nice quiet location, parking no problem, friendly and helpful hosts, very reasonable room rates, amongst some of the most gorgeous countryside I have ever seen in the UK. What more could you want!!! (incidentally, La Fleur de Lys is considerably more expensive and on a main road!).

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 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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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Guildford, Surrey
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Reviewed 27 August 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.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 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.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 July 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.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Rooms are among the best we have found in english hotels.

Bernard and his wife are very eficient and friendly. We felt at home at every moment.

We recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a nice stay in Shaftsbury

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Retreat

Property: The Retreat
Address: 47 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Shaftesbury
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 23 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 
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The Retreat Shaftesbury, Dorset

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