Hospitality & Tourism

Published: March 4, 2022 | Updated: March 5, 2022

Grade II listed hotel and fine dining restaurant goes on the market for just under £1.5 million

La Fleur de Lys Hotel & Restaurant in Shaftesbury which is on the market for £1,445,000.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Grade II listed hotel and fine dining restaurant in Shaftesbury has gone on the market for £1,445,000.

La Fleur de Lys Hotel & Restaurant, on Bleke Street, trades as an upmarket restaurant and lounge bar with eight double guest bedrooms.

Formerly a boarding school for girls, the hotel is family-run and has built up a reputation for fine cuisine using some of the best quality and fresh ingredients found locally.

The restaurant is a small intimate 46-cover restaurant and is the only one with two AA rosettes in Shaftesbury.

The establishment has featured in articles in The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian and also received Good Food Guide and Michelin recognition.

It has also been voted one of The Sunday Times top 200 Best Restaurants in England.

The current owner, David Griffin-Shepherd and his wife, opened La Fleur De Lys restaurant in May 1991.

Twelve years later, in August 2003, they acquired what was the Sunridge House B&B making extensive refurbishments to create the new and improved La Fleur De Lys Hotel & Restaurant.

Commercial real estate specialists Colliers, which is handling the sale, says the owners have maintained the property to the highest standard.

They’ve decided to place the hotel and restaurant on the market in order to retire.

David commented: “After 31 wonderful years trading in Shaftesbury, we have decided to market the property to spend more time with our grandchildren.

“We’ve been lucky to have operated a successful business in such a gorgeous part of the world, but now feel that the time is right to slow down.”

Ed Jefferson, from Colliers’ Hotels Agency team, said: “La Fleur de Lys Hotel & Restaurant is in a beautiful location in a prime Dorset town, benefitting from multiple areas of profit potential, such as a generous size restaurant, bar and lounge, eight letting bedrooms and a courtyard that can be used for events.

“We are hoping to find an investor who wishes to further develop the business and love the hotel as much as David, Mary and Marc have over the last three decades.”