The Story

The Story

The story

We’re The Stay Original Company, proud owners of a portfolio of special boutique hotels and inns around South West England. We create award-winning places where people can hang out in style, eating and drinking delicious things. We’re proud that the latest addition to the family is The King’s Arms in Dorchester. It’s a very special place, famed for its literary links to Thomas Hardy. It has entertained and hosted monarchs and musicians during its 300-year history. Previous guests across the threshold include Queen Victoria, King George IV, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It’s now being rejuvenated into a 34-bedroom hotel with a fabulous kitchen, contemporary bar and event space.

What to look forward to

At Stay Original we’re renowned for our unique and stylish rooms created with vintage flair by interior designer Ali Guttridge. Expect antique finds alongside upcycled lighting and contemporary design. The Telegraph describes the rooms at Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon (pictured right) as being “dreamed up with slumber in mind”, whilst Grazia declares those at The Swan in Wedmore (pictured left) “gorgeous”.

Restaurant & bar

Nothing gives us more pleasure than reviving beautiful old buildings and making them busy and exciting places to visit. Our dedication to fabulous food & drink is at the heart of everything we do. Open all day, every day we consistently delight customers with award-winning food from executive chef Tom Blake. A relaxed atmosphere, locally sourced food, great coffee and delicious drinks await.

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