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Garston Street

Shepton Mallet, 

Somerset, 


BA4 5LN,  United Kingdom
Cosy and unique, The Dusthole is a must for all history buffs, anyone who relishes the quirky charms of 'olde worlde' England and all those who are looking for somewhere memorable to stay. We're not just a bed and breakfast - you can also enjoy the traditional ambience of our restaurant, where we serve food and drink every evening. You can sample locally brewed ales and ciders or choose from our selection of wines, carefully selected from around the globe.
  • Character
  • Free parking
  • Restaurant
  • Listed building
  • Traditional
  • Bar
  • Historically significant
Check Prices and Availability
King-Superior-Ensuite with ShowerKing-Superior-Ensuite with Shower
from£100.00
Standard double en-suite with showerStandard double en-suite with shower
from£90.00
Family suite (two adjoining rooms) en-suite with shower and bathFamily suite (two adjoining rooms) en-suite with shower and bath
from£140.00
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from£75.00
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from£110.00
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Guest Reviews
Guest reviews for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet are provided by real guests who have actually stayed at the property.
Rooms:
4.3
Value:
4.4
Friendliness:
4.7
Cleanliness:
4.4
Facilities:
4.1
Staff service:
4.7
Location:
4.4
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.4
See all 12 reviews
John
Mature Couple
Stayed: Dec '17
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Quaint olde worlde quirky charm"
Stayed in Room 16. Had its own entrance and stairs. Big bedroom/ sitting room. Beams . Gorgeous large bathroom with roll top bath. 1920s/Egyptian theme.Lovely place and the pub area was great with ope… Read more
"Quaint olde worlde quirky charm"
Stayed in Room 16. Had its own entrance and stairs. Big bedroom/ sitting room. Beams . Gorgeous large bathroom with roll top bath. 1920s/Egyptian theme.Lovely place and the pub area was great with open fire and old world charm. Our host Tony unfortunately had been taken seriously ill but the village and friends had rallied round and were holding the fort wonderfully. Very good cooked breakfast. Many thanks. Read less
Likes:
Very friendly home from home. Would definitely stay again/visit the pub for a drink or food in the restaurant. Get well soon Tony. And if ever you change your décor I would love to buy the wallhanging
Dislikes:
No. Enjoyed every minute
Guest Review for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet
Emma
Family with older Children
Stayed: Dec '17
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
4
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Full of character, charm and excellent service"
Our second stay at the Dusthole - this time with kids. We love the place. It's full of character, charm, warmth and coziness. The bar was decorated beautifully for Xmas and a roaring fire was in place… Read more
"Full of character, charm and excellent service"
Our second stay at the Dusthole - this time with kids. We love the place. It's full of character, charm, warmth and coziness. The bar was decorated beautifully for Xmas and a roaring fire was in place every evening. Tasty beer was on tap. It's great that original places like this still exist. We will definitely come again. It is a perfect base for exploring the local area. A short drive to Glastonbury, Avebury and Wookey Hole and great walking countryside. Only wish we could have stayed for Xmas Read less
Likes:
Spacious two room accommodation meant that the kids could have their own space! The bar is warm and welcoming with friendly staff and tasty beer. Breakfast was everything you would need.
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet
Jonathan
Alone
Stayed: Feb '18
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Another enjoyable stay"
Enjoyable, friendly staff, relaxing, fantastic food… Read more
"Another enjoyable stay"
Enjoyable, friendly staff, relaxing, fantastic food Read less
Likes:
The inn has loads of character, the value was excellent, the staff couldn't be more helpfull & the food was excellent (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it again!).
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet
More Information
Parking
Free parking
Types of Payment Accepted at The Dusthole
Cash (Sterling), Credit card, Debit card
Payment Cards accepted at the property
American Express Master Card Visa Visa Electron 
Check-in: 3:00 PM till 9:30 PM
Early check-in available on request.
Check-out: 11:00 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
Formerly known as the Kings Arms, The Dusthole was originally built as the provision house for Shepton Mallet prison which, until its closure in 2013, was the oldest working prison in the UK. In the early days, inmates had to buy their own food and drink, so an enterprising governor built the provision house in order to make money out of them!

In later years the provision house became a hostelry and its name changed to the Kings Arms. It is well documented that the Duke of Monmouth and his men recruited 12 ‘Sheptonians’ as they passed through the town on their way to overthrow King James II in 1685, staying nearby in Longbridge. Reputedly, after a heavy day’s march they visited the Kings Arms (no doubt taking perverse pleasure in drinking at a hostelry of that name!) to enlist new members to their cause.

You may be wondering why the Kings Arms became known as The Dusthole. In the 1900s the main industries in the town were based around the local stone quarries. Workers would often call in for a drink or two on their way home, dusty from the stone they’d been working with all day, and leaving evidence of their visit as they brushed themselves off while chatting and enjoying their pint. Hence, the Kings Arms became known locally as The Dusthole.

We’re lucky enough to have been visited by many celebrity guests over the years. Marco Pierre White (Chef, Hell’s Kitchen) enjoyed a cuppa, Sunday roast and a good old chat with Tony!
Julian Fellowes (actor and writer) left his mark on one of our ceilings! Chris Kelly (BBC Food & Drink) is a local resident, likes to pop in for a pint. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage) has been known to enjoy a sandwich or two. Adam Henson (Countryfile presenter) took a liking to our ales. Even King George V is reputed to have stayed here!

Come and chat with Tony in the bar one evening and see what stories he has to tell. He's very fond of the old place and knows all its secrets!
Style of property
Homely, Rustic, Secluded, Traditional, Unique
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