Yalbury Cottage

With a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views. Stay and relax in their lovely rooms, enjoy a superb freshly cooked breakfast and dine in their award winning restaurant.

Small bespoke weddings and parties are a speciality and they 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.

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Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).

Jeanne Holmes
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Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.

James Macdonald Lockhart
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...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...

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Feedback From 2015 Festival

Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.

Michael Dooley, Poundbury Clinic
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A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.

Tracy Chevalier
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We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant

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