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Self Assessed 4 Stars Guest House
Inn
Guest Rating: 4.6
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West Stour

Gillingham, 

Dorset, 


SP8 5RP,  United Kingdom
Built in 1750, The Ship Inn is a privately owned traditional Coaching Inn located in the picturesque Dorset village of West Stour. We have 5 en-suite bedrooms, most offering an impressive view of the surrounding countryside.
  • West Stour
  • Jurassic Coast
  • Bar
  • Great Ales
  • Friendly Stay
  • Dorset
  • Fresh food
  • A30
  • Relaxing
  • Shaftesbury
Check Prices and Availability
Double-EnsuiteDouble-Ensuite
from£90.00
Twin or Double EnsuiteTwin or Double Ensuite
from£90.00
Family-Ensuite-2 adults & 2 ChildrenFamily-Ensuite-2 adults & 2 Children
from£130.00
Guest Reviews
Guest reviews for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham are provided by real guests who have actually stayed at the property.
Rooms:
4.1
Value:
4.4
Friendliness:
4.9
Cleanliness:
4.5
Facilities:
4.1
Staff service:
4.9
Location:
4.4
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.6
See all 153 reviews
Kathy
Mature Couple
Stayed: Apr '18
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"A true country inn with a warm welcome - getting harder to find these days!"
After a visit to Stourhead wanted to stay somewhere locally and certainly didn't go wrong here.
We always like to try and support independent hostelries which unfortunately are getting thin on the gr… Read more
"A true country inn with a warm welcome - getting harder to find these days!"
After a visit to Stourhead wanted to stay somewhere locally and certainly didn't go wrong here.
We always like to try and support independent hostelries which unfortunately are getting thin on the ground.
We enjoyed the hospitality of this professionally run inn.
Friendly locals in the bar - and a full restaurant, so that speaks volumes! Read less
Likes:
The warm, genuine welcome. Large comfortable room, whilst overlooking the main village road did not suffer from any traffic noise. Excellent beer & wines and interesting, varied & tasty food.
Dislikes:
All good - no complaints from us.
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
Jane
Mature Couple
Stayed: Feb '18
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
4
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"Short break"
Wanted to stay near to wincanton racecourse for two nights… Read more
"Short break"
Wanted to stay near to wincanton racecourse for two nights Read less
Likes:
Very good restaurant. Friendly and helpful owners and staff, good atmosphere.
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
Laura
Group of Adults
Stayed: Feb '18
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
4
Friendliness:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
4
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"Functional practical accommodation with delicious food"
We stayed for 2 nights… Read more
"Functional practical accommodation with delicious food"
We stayed for 2 nights Read less
Likes:
Location near to our friend's house, breakfast tasty, evening meal delicious
Dislikes:
Restaurant was dusty with cobwebs, we were woken at 7am on Sunday by 20 men arriving for a meeting in the bar downstairs, room could do with a coat of paint
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
More Information
4 Stars Self Assessed Guest HouseHeart of Wessex CAMRA Pub of The Year 2016
Parking
On-site parking, Free parking
Types of Payment Accepted at The Ship Inn & Hotel
Cash (Sterling), Credit card, Debit card
Payment Cards accepted at the property
Master Card Maestro Visa Visa Electron Solo 
Check-in: 2:00 PM till 10:00 PM
Early check-in available on request.
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Late check-out available on request
Policies
Children Policy: No preference
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pet Policy: No pets
Cancellation Policy
Booking Terms and Conditions
Accessibility
Languages Spoken
English
Each of our five bedrooms are en-suite, individually designed and decorated with all of the comforts and touches that you would desire. Most rooms have impressive views of the surrounding countryside and there is also ample parking in the grounds of the hotel. All rooms are non-smoking.

The restaurant offers a wide variety of quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. If you are planning to eat with us please book in advance as we are often fully booked well in advance & especially at weekends. The bar serves an interesting selection of real ales, beers and wines and the accommodation offers five en-suite rooms.

The Ship’s unique ambience and stylish but warm décor, offers ample opportunity to relax away from it all - whether you are simply dropping in for a drink or bite to eat, or staying for business or pleasure.

The bar area has two sections - The Main Bar with a traditional flagstone floor, low ceiling and roaring log fire and the Lounge Bar which is light and airy with stripped oak floorboards and chunky farmhouse furniture.

There is an extensive selection of beers, ciders & wines available, with tapped real ales on offer from three local breweries and a guest ale that changes weekly. Recent guest ales have included the likes of Butcombe, Exmoor Gold, Otter Ale, Bath Ales, Spitfire and Timothy Taylor.

We offer an interesting and varied wine list ranging from the more well known classic French wines, through to the ever popular New World wines.

The versatile menu at The Ship caters both for those who want a hearty sandwich and a pint, to those who want to enjoy a full three-course meal with a decent bottle of wine. Our dishes are a blend of the traditional and the not so familiar, with a specials board and fresh fish board that offer further daily choices. If you wish to eat with us please be sure to book in advance as the restaurant is very popular and often fully booked.

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Style of property
Comfortable, Homely, Stylish, Unique
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