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...with a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views. Stay and relax in our lovely rooms, enjoy a superb freshly cooked breakfast and dine in our award winning restaurant. Small bespoke weddings and parties are a speciality and we offer a great alternative venue for private business meetings with easy and ample parking. Just two miles from Dorchester, Dorset, Yalbury Cottage is set in the hamlet of Lower Bockhampton - the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex - walking distance to his birthplace, across the road from his old school house and around the corner from Stinsford church where his heart is buried.
PRICE RANGE
£25 - £55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed the night here for dinner, bed and breakfast yesterday. It is a quiet, friendly and comfortable hotel with excellent food. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where to start with this amazing find! We booked a night here and this is one of the best nights away we’ve ever had. We arrived, parked, were checked in with a warm welcome and (after saying hi to Buster, those that know, know) were...shown to our room by a smiling Sophie. The room was fantastic. A good size, neutral in decoration but classy. There are reusable bottles of water, one sparkling and one still in the room, and two homemade brownies (which were moist, GF, dairy free and nut free, so basically everyone can enjoy them). A really lovely welcome. The bathroom was a good size, and although seeing a shower curtain usually puts us off, it was double layered and the rail was far enough away it didn’t blow onto you when showering like so many do! We had booked a table for dinner so got ready and headed down to the lounge area (as instructed) for a pre dinner drink. We were seated on a comfy sofa and given a drinks menu. We settled on a bottle of red. We were not rushed and time seemed to slow down as we talked, supped the wine and were treated to a delicious canapé. We were then shown the menu, given some time to decide. I chose the crab and the venison croquet (because I’m greedy!) and my partner chose the trout. We both ordered the beef brisket for mains. We then were taken through to the restaurant and seated. More wine and water was poured, and a delightful amuse bouche welcomed us, again absolutely delicious. The starters were incredible, the chef, as most other reviews have stated, is an absolute master, a magician you might think tasting the food. Everything balanced to perfection, every bite encapsulating the essence of the dish, texture and flavour combing to provide pure bliss. The mains were a showstopper. The beef brisket was succulent, accompanied by potatoes and mushrooms and a sauce to die for. The non-stop conversation seemingly ceased as we were too focussed on enjoying the food. Plates clean, we were given time to decide on dessert. I went for the cheese and my partner went for the meringue. And another bottle of red. Desserts went down a treat and we retired back to the lounge with the remaining red and full, satisfied tummies. You can book dinner here without staying, but we recommend you do both. The table service from Sophie and Caleb was - and this is not overstating it - absolutely perfect, completely spot on and the epitome of what you hope for but rarely find. Friendly, professional, knowledgable and always there when you wanted them to be and out of the way when you wanted to just enjoy the food and the experience. A great night sleep in the room, which was quiet and comfortable lead us into breakfast! Attended to this time by the attentive and fantastic (female, apologies forgotten the name) owner we were treated to great coffee, a very tasty cooked breakfast which certainly set us up for the day ahead. Overall, from check in to check out, this place nailed every aspect of service, stupendously good food, personable and friendly staff, lovely atmosphere and ambience in a great setting. This is how it should be done. Thank you!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a delicious homemade afternoon tea , absolutely faultless.The staff were friendly and explained all the different fillings both savoury and sweet. Coffee/ tea topped up as much as you wanted and a surprise trio of chocolate brownies with Happy Birthday., lovely touch ,thank...you.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a real treat. The staff are friendly and attentive without being imposing and the quality of the food is spot on and good sized portions. It is a nice touch to see so much locally sourced produce. Highly recommend and can’t wait to...come back again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

It was a destination on my bucket list and my family made it happen as part of my 60th celebrations . The whole experience was exceptional . The welcome was warm and genuine and we took a seat in a little cozy nook and had...pre-dinner drinks and some heavenly tasting canopies. The menu was superbly put together and the choices were very appealing . The entire evening was just awesome and the fine cuisine was better than fine , it was cuisine at its best. Exceptional food and wine and worth every penny . What a treatMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Absolutely superb visit again at Yalbury Cottage. The stay was faultless and the food spectacular. I cannot recommend Yalbury Cottage highly enough it is a real gem . We visited with friends and all agreed its a really special place !

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

Wow a stunning place, the staff are so friendly and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for them and the food is outstanding. I am coeliac so need to follow a strict gluten free diet and wow what delicious food, the afternoon tea was...one of the best I have ever eaten would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

This place never ever disappoints. We have eaten here alot and our evening has always been perfect! The only gripe I have is that I always leave too full up! (Because I don't want to leave any of the delicious food!) Always great service from...staff and a great atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 February 2024

We were booked for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. From the moment we arrived there was such a warm welcome. We were shown to our room(8) by Sophie who asked us if we required anything. The room was lovely, comfortable and very spacious. There was everything...we needed and the fresh milk, which Sophie brought up, added to the amenities in the room. We had a drink in the lounge late afternoon and the service again was very attentive with the fire and background music on. Dinner was booked for 20:15 so we had pre dinner drinks in the lounge with surprise canopy's whilst looking at the menu. We pre ordered starter and main and were shown to our table. The dining room is like being in someone's house with the tables nicely spaced. Very homely and cosy. The dinner courses were delivered in a timely manner but not rushed and again with that excellent service from Sophie and Eve who explained each course. We now move to the food. Well having travelled far and wide this cuisine I would now put in my top 3.Jamie I take my hat off to you. I trained as a chef then joined a bank....big mistake on my part. Your food and presentation is excellent To give an idea what we had Starter :Dorset snails with herb crumb and blue cheese, Portland Crab cake, Kedgeree, Curry sauce, soft boiled egg. Main two course were duck breast and Brisket beef with accompanying vegetables, desserts were Seville Orange curd and Marmalade Meringue and the special was Rhubarb, ginger and chocolate and those flavours together were amazing. Thank you Eve for suggesting that, After a great nights sleep we then had breakfast which again was very relaxed and chilled and the selection was great. Tea, coffee, cereal, yogurt, fruit, full English (with white pudding),Smoked fish with scrambled egg. The whole experience was a 10/10 and would we go back YES.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

Just returned from an exceptional evening at Yalbury Cottage. The meal was superb. Despite my husband's experience of fine dining and almost forensic examination of each morsel of food, he finally declared at the end of the evening - 'I cannot find any fault with...this meal whatsoever. It is truly outstanding'. In a nutshell - flavours fantastic, staff that are truly obliging, lively and cosy atmosphere and a price that represents the very best value for money. A truly exquisite experience.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

Perhaps it is a sign of the times, or a sign of increasing years, but it is increasingly unusual for me to find a restaurant such as this where I could just about have eaten anything off the menu, so well chosen were the dishes....The cooking, which I would describe as traditional British with a twirl or two, was highly competent, perhaps just a notch below being haute-cuisine, but hard to criticize. Cooking was spot on and saucing excellent. I could have done with slightly more white meat in the crab tart, although the pastry was good and the presentation fun. The brisket was very good, the lamb quite excellent and a lesson in choosing a good supplier. The wine list was stunningly good, with plenty of choise and real imagination in the selection;' the showcasing of local wines was also notable. Service was friendly, with no undue waiting for courses. The room was full on a Tuesday night, which said it all. I can see why.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023

Yalbury B&B ok but not worth the £105 per room in our opinion and we were disappointed. The good points. A reasonably friendly welcome. Milk for a cup of tea was promptly provided in a tiny flask for both our rooms when we asked for...it on arrival. We had travelled the 3 1/2 hours drive down to Dorset from Kent. The two bedrooms we had were spacecous and generally clean and tidy. The beds we found were a little soft for us but they were ok. Breakfast was nicely cooked and present but it was a long wait for it. The not so good. On our arrival we were asked and booked in for breakfast at 9.15am. We had explained then and when booking we were attending a family funeral locally the next day. Yet when we promtply arrived at 9.15am Friday morning to breakfast we had wait to be shown a menu, wait to be asked our choices and wait then to get a tea, coffee and fruit juices. Then our cooked breakfast arrived much later. We got back to our room just before 10.40am. In the online details it states no dogs are permitted in the restaurant yet the owners small dog was wandering in and out at breakfast time. This dog was begging at the two other occupoied breakfast tables for food and then came to ours when our cooked breakfast arrived! Both of us don't appreciate a dog being around begging for our food and we both are allergic to dogs. Twice this dog tried to climb up and by my side while I was eating my meal. There was mold on top right corner of the blind and wall window corner in room 1 . This room is lower ground floor and overlooks a hedge and small lawned garden area. No box of tissues in room 1. The bath room floor tiles in room 1 were cracked near to inside the bathroom door as you go in. Bathroom is in need of maintance and updating. Wardrobe a bit musty. The person above bedroom 1 was noisy and up till mid night and flush the loo and then and at 7am! So not the best or most restful night's sleep for us. The shower over the bath was leaking at the right tap area in room 1. Water constantly dripping then splashing and ending up on the bath and floor on that side of the bath and near the wash hand basin. No shower anti slip mat was provided as I requested when I booked and mentioned due to my lower back issue. The bath base had ridges near the shower end but was still slippery when wet. The one hand rail on the wall by the bath was too low. I was unable to step in and climb out safely over the bath side to take a shower. Only one decaffeinated tea bag and one decaffeinated coffee sachet was in the selection of half a dozen cafinated teas. I had booked on the phone a few days ahead and had given all my card details at that point. We left the next morning at 10.55am to attend a family funeralbin Poundbury and memorial service in the nearyby in West Stafford. The B&B room cleaner kindly offered and took my small light suitcase to our car in the car park due to stairs to and from the room and along outside. path. Friday 2.30pm I turned my phone to silent while attending the funernal and service thankfully. Good job as this B&B owner phoned me early that evening. They left a voice messsge saying they hadn't got my full card details so couldn't take payment! Once home in Kent the next day I noticed I had a voice message from them. I paid in full this morning. N.B Inside this B&B are many split levels and steos which makes it not ideal for anyone with mild back or mobility issues.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Absolutely superb in every aspect. Highly recommend. Went for Sunday lunch, everyone in our party was thoroughly impressed. Thank you.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

Sunday lunch and it was very tasty. Three courses although that was a bit of a struggle! Lovely starters cheese soufflé and Portland crab tart followed by a roast beef and a chicken, all cooked to perfection. Cheese board to finish.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

The hotel is located in a village setting. The only downside is the parking as the restaurant is open to non-residents and it’s often fully booked, which means the car park is busy. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast is very good with...a great range of local produce on offer and it can be tailored to suit. Convenient location to Dorchester and A35, but the location is rural and therefore quiet. Host is friendly and helpful. If you want to eat dinner, advance booking is recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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We allow dogs in some of our bedrooms. Dogs are welcome in our lounge and in the garden but not allowed in the restaurant.
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Hi Sue so sorry for the late reply. We are closed for our annual break until January 20th, I am sorry. Let me know if I can help any furhter. Kind regards, Ariane
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