The Queens Arms

Sherborne, Somerset

An elegant country inn with lots of style and a relaxed feel - delicious food waits, some from the owners’ nearby farm, as do stylish rooms


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Stride across rolling fields, feast on Corton Denham lamb, retire to a perfect room. Buried down several Dorset/Somerset borders lanes, Gordon and Jeanette Reid’s 18th-century stone pub has an elegant exterior – more country gentleman’s house than pub. The bar, with its rug-strewn flagstones and bare boards, pew benches, deep sofas and crackling fire, is most charming. In the light, bright dining room that doubles up as a cinema on week nights, and on the terrace in summer, robust British dishes are distinguished by fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Try pheasant, pigeon and black pudding terrine, follow with monkfish with chive velouté, make room for a comforting crumble. Bedrooms are beautifully designed in soothing colours, and all have lovely views over the village and surrounding hills. New coach house rooms are super, too: underfloor heating, down duvets, brass and sleigh beds, iPod docks and immaculate wet rooms. Expect Gyle59 on tap, homemade pork pies on the bar, Gloucester Old Spot bacon at breakfast (from 8am daily), and stunning walks from the door.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Dog bed & bowl, towel to dry paws & small pack of doggy treats. Hose outside room for washing off, or wet room ideal for showering them. Dog biscuits on the bar.

Dogs £15 per dog per night. Max. 2.

Guests can eat with their dogs in bar for all meals. Ground floor bedroom dog-friendly. Great dog-friendly printed walks in lanyards on back of door.

Main meals from £14, starters from £6.50.


Nightly price
from £125
Singles £95-£120.
6 Doubles
From £125
2 Twin/doubles
From £135


The Queens Arms is a lovely place for a break. The staff are attentive ,the bar splendid to sit by the fire with a beer and a book after a day out. Our room was comfortable with good bathroom and the food was terrific. The menu had a good choice and it was a treat to eat. Breakfast was perfect ,continental or full on with locally sourced produce Even in January, there was plenty to do and we felt extremely happy with our two night stay. Highly recommend.

Jane, Bath

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gordon & Jeanette Reid

  • Corton Denham sits just three miles from the medieval market town of Sherborne, nestled in the dramatic hills that form the border between Dorset and Somerset.
  • Sherborne Abbey is the centrepiece of the town with a lofty nave formed from one of the finest examples of fan vaulting in Europe.
  • The town's history left its impression with two castles: the romantic ruins of the old castle, destroyed during the civil war and the New Castle perched on the edge of a scenic lake and beautiful deer park.
  • The Macmillan and Monarch way are close by and can offer long distance walks, an afternoon walk to and from the Queens Arms would be to Cadbury Castle, the home of King Arthur.
  • National Trust properties close by include Stourhead and King Alfred Tower, Lytes Cary, Tintinhull House, Forde Abbey, Montacute House and East Lambrooke Manor Gardens, all within a 20 min drive.
  • We are double silver winners of the South West Tourism Excellence awards - Best Tourism Pub of the year 2014-15 and best B&B/Accommodation of the year 2014-15. We have been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and 5 star AA for rooms.