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The King’s Arms in Dorchester is open! Having been acquired by the Stay Original Company in 2016 it has undergone a major renovation with a spacious ground floor bar and restaurant open all day. Upstairs there will be 20 delightful bedrooms and a further 14 bedrooms next year.

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.