The Crown Inn at Marnhull, located within the beautiful & tranquil Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, is a 16th century coaching inn steeped in history & which is said to have offered refreshment to travellers for centuries, possibly as early as the reign of King Henry VIII.
Today, The Crown Inn offers the comfort & facilities of the 21st century in its timeless setting; including such original features as wooden beams, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces, the Plank & Muntin wall & even a priest hole, giving the inn a unique character & charm & an inviting country feel.
Most notably, The Crown Inn features as the ‘Pure Drop Inn’ in Thomas Hardy’s novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ (1891); considered to be Hardy’s fictional masterpiece.
The village of Marnhull is the ‘Marlott’ of Hardy’s ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ & it was imagined by him to be Tess’s birthplace. In ‘Marlott’ was the cottage that was Tess’s home, & the church holds the graveyard where she buried her baby. The ‘Pure Drop Inn’ (The Crown Inn) is also where Tess’s father celebrated on discovering himself to be a descendant of a noble family.
Today, The Crown Inn is under the management of experienced publicans, Gemma & Monty, who’ve run the business since September 2015. Their combined efforts, along with the support of their loyal team, have created the very best of Dorset hospitality; a wonderful public house & inn offering a friendly welcome, great food & refreshments, comfortable dining & drinking areas, as well as characterful guest rooms; which all go to make for a memorable experience whatever the occasion.