Although we are closed from 10pm on Wed 4th Nov, we're still taking bookings from Wed 2nd Dec onwards.


We hope to see you again in early December. In the meantime our head office is open on 0203 002 4740 or you can email us on You can also book online as usual.

All bookings (rooms and restaurant) are cancellable any time and for any reason with no penalty.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.

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.