Yalbury Cottage

‘High standards are upheld’ at Ariane and Jamie Jones’s ‘lovely’ restaurant-with-rooms deep in Thomas Hardy country, say returning guests in 2017. More

Contact details

Yalbury Cottage
Lower Bockhampton
Dorset
DT2 8PZ
England
01305 262382

Hotel information

Bedrooms

8. 6 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 23 Dec–18 Jan.

Facilities

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.

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

[2017] per room B&B single £75–£85, double £99–£125, D,B&B single £99–£115, double £160–£185. À la carte £39.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘High standards are upheld’ at Ariane and Jamie Jones’s ‘lovely’ small hotel deep in Thomas Hardy country, say returning guests in 2017. ‘The staff are charming, always friendly; the meals are superb.’ ‘Our dogs were made very welcome, too.’ The 18th-century shepherd’s home, with a newly thatched roof, is run as a family affair: the Jones’s son, Nikolas, has begun apprenticing in the kitchen. ‘Warm, comfortable’ bedrooms, each with ‘lashings of hot water’ in the bathroom, face the garden or green fields. ‘Our spacious room had been upgraded since our last visit. The peaceful location and comfy king-size bed gave us a consistently good night’s sleep. A bonus: home-made rosemary-lemon biscuits.’ In the evening, the host’s ‘good-value’ meals are ‘inventive, flavourful, consistently outstanding’. ‘The fish dishes – divine scallops! – were especially tasty and original.’ Guests on a special diet needn’t despair: ‘They produced a separate gluten-free menu for me, with extensive choice.’ ‘Breakfast is good, too’: home-made yogurt, plenty of fruit and cereals, ‘a variety of freshly cooked dishes’. (Sara Price, Steve Hur, Simon Rodway)

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Yalbury Cottage
Lower Bockhampton
Dorset
DT2 8PZ

Guest comments

'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
'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

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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.