Yalbury Cottage

Surrounded by woodland and fields in the heart of Hardy’s Wessex, Jamie and Ariane Jones’s ‘olde-worlde’ thatched hotel, once home to the local shepherd, offers ‘a charming and very comfortable stay’. More

Contact details

Yalbury Cottage
Lower Bockhampton
Dorset
DT2 8PZ
England
01305 262 382

Hotel information

Bedrooms

8. 6 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 23 Dec-18 Jan.

Facilities

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

Background music

'easy listening' in lounge in evening..

Children

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

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, lounge, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £75-£99, D,B&B £99-£165. A la carte £39.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Surrounded by woodland and fields in the heart of Hardy’s Wessex, Jamie and Ariane Jones’s ‘olde-worlde’ thatched hotel offers ‘a charming and very comfortable stay’. On a visit this year, Guide regulars found the hosts ‘warm and welcoming’, their service ‘personal and friendly’. Jamie Jones’s ‘quite outstanding’ classical French dinners, perhaps mustard- and herb-crusted cannon of Tolpuddle lamb, almond potato, spring cabbage, tarragon sauce; pan-fried fillet of Dorset sea bass, crushed new potato, fresh peas, lemon butter sauce, are served amid stone walls, inglenooks and oak-beamed ceilings. Breakfast included fresh croissants, home-made lemon curd and a ‘good range of cooked options including Bridport kippers’. Some might find the decor ‘a little folksy’, and in 2018 readers reported a night-storage heater left their room ‘like an oven’ in late afternoon, while a fan heater made for a ‘very chilly’ bathroom in the morning. Overall, however, praise for the ‘clean and tidy country-style’ bedroom with ‘lots of spare bedding, still and sparkling water, a long shoehorn (bliss), excellent coffee and home-made brownies’. ‘We would certainly return.’ (Lindsay Hunt and John Fisher, Peter Anderson, SR, and others)

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Yalbury Cottage
Lower Bockhampton
Dorset
DT2 8PZ

Guest comments

'It is really a restaurant-with-rooms, the emphasis being on the cooking. Dinner and breakfast were both excellent. Our room was comfortable. The usp of the hotel is Ariane and her staff. She took what appeared to be a genuine interest in us and she and the staff took the trouble to remember our names.The result was a very personal experience. An exampkle of how really good management can make a stay memorable. ' - Robert Cooper - September, 2018
'Welcome and standards higher than ever. Our room was comfortable and the dogs (allowed in the bedroom) were welcomed too. The food is outstanding, fish dishes especially tasty and original. I wish all hotels had an Ariane in charge. ' - Simon Rodway - March, 2017
'The staff are always friendly. Our room was warm and comfortable. Dinner was superb. Breakfast very good too. Only danger – you could seriously overeat. ' - Sara Price - January, 2017

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Tourist attractions

  • Bockhampton

    The inspiration for the village of Mellstock in Thomas Hardy's 'Under the Greenwood Tree'.

  • Zorbing

    Roll down Dorset hills at high speed in clear plastic balls.

  • Dorchester

    The county town of Dorset.