Competition

Win a free hotel night

YALBURY COTTAGE, near Dorchester, which won this year’s César award for best small hotel, is this month’s prize-giving hotel. A conversion of a row of 350-year-old thatched cottages, it is in a small hamlet in a beautiful part of the country, close to Thomas Hardy's birthplace and his old schoolhouse. The bedrooms, reached by a mishmash of corridors, have views of gardens or fields. They are decorated in simple, rural style; a large room had 'pastel colours, pictures on three sides'. Housekeeping is 'immaculate'. It is run by owners, Ariane and Jamie Jones. His cooking is much admired.

All you need do to win this handsome prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at YALBURY COTTAGE is to SEND US A REVIEW of your favourite hotel or B&B in Great Britain or Ireland. We welcome reports on places that have never been in the Guide or have been omitted, as well as those that have a current entry.

Ian Young from London is the winner of last month’s prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at HOLBECK GHYLL which was built as a hunting lodge in Cumbria for Lord Lonsdale. With extensive grounds that slope down to Lake Windermere, it is liked for its 'tastefully decorated' rooms, and 'genuinely friendly' staff. The bedrooms are divided between the main house, a lodge and cottages in the grounds. The interiors in the main house have wood carvings and fine stained glass. In the oak-panelled restaurant, Chef David McLaughlin's modern menu includes honey-glazed Gloucestershire Old Spot pork belly, spiced carrot, sautéed Scottish langoustine, pea foam.