Yalbury Cottage

‘Comfortable’ cottage-style bedrooms, ‘first-class’ food, ‘friendly, efficient, helpful’ staff and a ‘cosy’ atmosphere combine to form one ‘lovely little hotel’, say ‘delighted’ guests, many of whom become regulars. More

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Yalbury Cottage
Lower Bockhampton
01305 262382
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Hotel information


8. 6 on ground floor.


all year except 23 Dec–20 Jan.


lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi (in bedrooms), in-room TV (Freeview), garden with outdoor seating, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

‘easy listening’ in lounge from 6 pm.


all ages welcomed, no under-12s in restaurant after 8 pm.


not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £75–£85, double £99–£120, D,B&B single £99–£115, double £160–£180. À la carte £37.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Comfortable’ cottage-style bedrooms, ‘first-class’ food, ‘friendly, efficient, helpful’ staff and a ‘cosy’ atmosphere combine to form one ‘lovely little hotel’, say ‘delighted’ guests. Ariane and Jamie Jones run their restaurant-with-rooms in their 18th-century family home at the heart of Thomas Hardy country (the name recalls Yalbury Wood in Under the Greenwood Tree). Book ahead for a seat in the popular restaurant: Jamie Jones’s ‘delicious, beautifully presented’ dishes – ‘the chef has an eye for a picture’ – attract much attention. ‘We enjoyed a delicious fillet of aged beef with horseradish croquette potatoes; the Dorset plaice fillet came with creamy saffron mash.’ Each of the simply decorated bedrooms looks out over the garden or surrounding countryside. ‘Our spacious room under the thatch had a good-sized bathroom with a monsoon shower over the bath.’ A guest this year wished for more efficient heating. Rise and shine with ‘delicious home-made chunky marmalade, freshly squeezed juices, and a good country breakfast with thick bacon, herby sausages and little vine tomatoes’. (Peter Anderson, CJ, Gwyn Morgan)

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Yalbury Cottage
Lower Bockhampton

Guest comments

'A spacious double-aspect room The large king-sized bed was extremely comfortable, the peaceful location of the hotel gave us a consistently good night’s sleep. The service was charming. Good organisation at dinner, we didn’t have long waits. Well-trained young waiting staff. The evening meals were outstanding: really good choice of inventive dishes, perfectly cooked with superb flavours. Good value. Breakfasts also of a very high standard. ' - Steve Hur - October, 2016
'The members of staff were all excellent, friendly, efficient and helpful. The two evening meals we had were delicious, beautifully presented plates of food. We thought the wine list was well priced. Breakfast had delicious homemade chunky marmalade, fresh squeezed orange and included a good cooked breakfast. Our room was better than adequate, the hotel cosy, the whole excellent value ' - Carol Jackson - April, 2015
'Our second visit. This is a lovely little hotel close to the river in rural Dorset. It is quiet. Jim ran front of house and was friendly, helpful and efficient. The room was fine with a big bed and a rural outlook. My only very minor gripe is that they seem to suffer from low pressure in the showers. The food is superb. As well as being beautifully cooked, the portion sizes were generous.....we could have been in Yorkshire! Thoroughly recommended ' - Peter Anderson - October, 2014
'This was the last of many very happy visits. We have been visiting at least twice a year since the oresent owners took over and have always been delghted with the hospitality and the very best of world-class cooking.Fantastically good! ' - John Knowles - May, 2014
'The welcome is always so warm and friendly and the staff always go the extra mile to ensure you are happy and have everything you need. For the first time we had an upstairs room which was slightly smaller than the others we have stayed in but was still very comfortable, and with a good sized bathroom full of goodies. There was plenty of hot water for baths when we came back from long, dusty walks and the three days were very relaxing. Jamie Jones continues to produce delicious food using excellent local ingredients. ' - Sara . Price - August, 2013

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