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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
Double/twin log cabin en-suite with showerDouble/twin log cabin en-suite with shower
from£75.00
Superior King (or Twin) En-suite log cabinSuperior King (or Twin) En-suite log cabin
from£110.00
Superior double en-suite with shower - Treehouse RoomSuperior double en-suite with shower - Treehouse Room
from£100.00
Superking superior suite, en-suite with shower and bathSuperking superior suite, en-suite with shower and bath
from£140.00
Twin en-suite with showerTwin en-suite with shower
from£100.00
Superior superking four-poster en-suite with showerSuperior superking four-poster en-suite with shower
from£100.00
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:
4.5
Friendliness:
4.7
Cleanliness:
4.5
Facilities:
4.2
Staff service:
4.7
Location:
4.5
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.5
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Dean
Mature Couple
Stayed: Aug '18
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"A very interesting place"
Comfortable relaxed… Read more
"A very interesting place"
Comfortable relaxed Read less
Likes:
Meeting the innkepee
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet
Wendy
Alone
Stayed: Aug '18
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Wonderful location, great accommodation"
Excellent breakfast, great choice. Room was brilliant… Read more
"Wonderful location, great accommodation"
Excellent breakfast, great choice. Room was brilliant Read less
Likes:
Room serviced every day, very comfortable.
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet
Lisa
Family with older Children
Stayed: Aug '18
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"Traditional and cosy stay"
Tony and his sons were very friendly and welcoming, it was a very quaint and cosy old building with lots of original features and wonky floors.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay complete with a four… Read more
"Traditional and cosy stay"
Tony and his sons were very friendly and welcoming, it was a very quaint and cosy old building with lots of original features and wonky floors.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay complete with a four poster bed and it was ideal for our trips to longleat and cheddar gorge. Read less
Likes:
The building dates back to 1660 and the food was great.
Dislikes:
Parking was not great because of small roads
Guest Review for The Dusthole, Shepton Mallet
More Information
Parking
Free parking
Types of Payment Accepted at The Dusthole
Cash (GBP)
Payment Cards accepted at the property
American Express Master Card Visa 
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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