The Kings Arms Hotel in Dorchester has simply undergone a £5M makeover.
A 300year outdated lodge that has hosted the likes of Thomas Hardy, Admiral Nelson and even the Rolling Stones and Beatles!
Hardy a resident of the city and writer even included a reference to the lodge in one in every of his most well-known books.
“A ‘spacious bow window projected into the street over the main portica’, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge.
Today the lodge has been introduced bang updated with the funding from the Stay Original Company.
They stepped in and purchased the constructing from the receiver in 2015.
Further refurbishment of this very particular historic constructing is constant.
Breathing Life Back Into The Kings Arms Hotel
With the ahead pondering firm respiratory life once more into an iconic property located on Dorchester’s most important road.
The lodge is now residence to a spacious floor ground bar, reception, and restaurant.
On its higher flooring there may be house for 34 bedrooms. Currently 20 are open with an additional 14 to be accomplished in early 2021.
Some styling inside the property Thomas Hardy would in all probability approve of being an architect.
However, a few of the mid-century designed rooms might not have been his alternative however definitely mine.
The darker and floral styled rooms would have been a success I’m positive.
Whether he would benefit from the roomy tiled bathe rooms reasonably than a shower which he was extra used to? But absolutely, he will surely approve of the fixed sizzling water to wash with within the rooms.
Double glazing and air-con can be new to him however friends having the road going through rooms benefit from these services making all rooms cosy and quiet.
Along with the luxurious bedrooms the remainder of the lodge is awash color too.
The entrance lounge and separate lounge bar have color and varied patterned mushy furnishings to sink into.
Views That Thomas Hardy Wrote About
Having that enormous bay window which was not solely utilized by Hardy who loved its vistas and at instances wrote there. He typically dined there and a few key motion scenes within the Mayor of Casterbridge used the Kings Arms.
In Far from the Madding Crowd it was to the Kings Arms that Bathsheba was carried after she fainted on the native market.
Even the Rolling Stones made good use of the bay window too. When they stayed earlier than a live performance in close by Weymouth. Fans chanted for them to come back out and wave to them which they duly did in 1964.
The lodge has accommodated royalty, artists, actors and even a world-famous ballet dancer.
Queen Victoria stayed in 1853. Edward VII stayed in 1856 on a non-public go to. Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton on route to satisfy Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy who lived close by.
No Swans On The Menu
Another warrior T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) stayed. Artist Augustus John, Hollywood movie icon Audrey Hepburn. Anna Pavlova additionally stayed while researching swans at close by Abbottsbury Swannery. This was for her position in Swan Lake that gained her world recognition.
There are not any swans on the menu! However, Head Chef Steve Yates will hold you feed and watered together with his environment friendly group within the kitchen and the useful entrance of home crew.
His free-range rotisserie hen dish with lemon and paprika and romesco sauce regarded attractive and was of a beneficiant proportion. I didn’t know if I ought to the eat it or climb it?
In the previous and much more not too long ago the lodge has been very a lot on the coronary heart of the motion inside the city.
And I’ve to say the group on the Stay Original Company have definitely operated nicely on this affected person.
Breathing life again right into a constructing and placing the guts again into the local people.
By offering each employment and a first-class boutique fashion lodge to attract in guests to South Dorset and its engaging rural and coastal areas.