Some historical information. The Grosvenor Arms has been an inn since Medieval times. The original timber framed building was a busy coaching inn, originally The Red Lion, it was bought by the Grosvenor family and re-named The Grosvenor Arms in 1820. Shaftesbury, famous as ‘Shaston’ in Thomas Hardy’s novels, has long been known as the gateway to the South West. It is well positioned on the edge of the historic Cranborne Chase, the most beautiful of English Countryside. The famous Gold Hill is but 100m away, and within striking distance are many historic houses, gardens, museums and even Stonehenge. There are so many opportunities for walking and exploring, and for those inclined, fishing, hunting and shooting.