Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Timbrell's Yard

Rates from (ex tax)$122.14

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP115.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Limestone lovely

Setting

At rest on the riverbank

Timbrell’s Yard has all the ingredients of an idyllic country break: time-honoured rooms recast in contemporary design, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a storybook riverside location. At the bar, guests and locals sup craft ales and West Country ciders by the fireplace, while upstairs the Scandi-styled rooms feature sheepskins slung over wicker chairs and patchwork tiles above the claw-foot tubs. And yet the character of this 18th-century listed building is still sensitively preserved – check out the crumbly limestone masonry, arch windows and age-worn oak beams. All the while, the Avon flows past outside, lazily swirling towards nearby Bath.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

17.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $122.14 (£96), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP115.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include cooked breakfast and a buffet of home-made granola, pastries, yoghurt, fruit and juice.

Also

Each February there’s a pancake race across the town bridge. Flippin’ brilliant.

At the hotel

Terrace, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, digital radio, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Bramley bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The best views over the river are through the head-to-toe windows of a Mezzanine room. In the main building, room 106 (a Large Double) is a second-floor hideaway with antique artefacts, larch-panelled walls and a window-side freestanding tub.

Packing tips

A tome or two – those window seats are made for a good curl-up. Jane Austen lived in these parts, and she’s got a decent back catalogue.

Also

The common areas are wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the rooms are not.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome; a flat fee of £15 applies. Dogs are treated to a box of goodies on arrival, and bowls and blankets are available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Wiltshire.

Children

All ages welcome; children are classed as up to 12 years of age. Extra baby cots (free) and beds (£20 a night) can be added to Large Double and Mezzanine Double rooms.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

One by the window, for watching the cheery locals – and their dogs – go by.

Dress Code

Farmhouse fashion – plush knits, wax jackets and seasoned leather boots.

Hotel restaurant

The kitcheneers here have scoured the West Country to bring the best of the local area to the Timbrell’s Yard tables. Dry-aged beef from Bristol, old-spot pork from Gloucester, port-to-plate fish from Bridport and so on; the most local of all are the bread, biscuits and cakes, baked in-house daily. The menu changes seasonally, but cross your fingers for an appearance by the nettle-stuffed Orchard Farm pork belly, served with pink fir potatoes, beetroot and apple sauce. The chaps behind all this are head chef, Ricky Ford, who counts Gary Rhodes among his old kitchen-mates, and menu-mastermind Tom Blake, once of River Cottage.

Hotel bar

This is a proper bar, the kind you’d settle down in even if your fluffed-up pillow wasn’t an ever-so-slightly-tipsy totter away. There’s a lot to take in (literally): craft spirits, local ales, a curated wine list, and of course a range of West Country ciders. The Cornish Martini is the pick of the cocktails, shaken up from Tarquin’s gin, dry vermouth from Hampshire, and a twist of rhubarb.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 11am Monday to Saturday, and from 8am to 10.30am on Sundays. The full restaurant menu is available from 12 noon to 3pm and from 6pm to 9.45pm, Monday to Saturday; on Sundays, the restaurant closes at 9pm.

Location

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Address
Timbrell's Yard
49 St Margaret's St
Bradford-on-Avon
BA15 1DE
Bradford-on-Avon
United Kingdom

Planes

Bristol airport is 26 miles to the west; it takes about an hour to get to the hotel by car (£45 in a taxi). The nearest major hub is Heathrow, which is two hours away; a taxi should cost around £100.

Trains

Bradford-on-Avon station is a two-minute walk from the hotel. There are regular trains to Bath (15 minutes), Bristol (30 minutes) and beyond (direct to Cardiff, Portsmouth, Weymouth and Worcester). From London it takes less than two hours; take the express from Paddington to Bath or Westbury and change to a local line.

Automobiles

The M4 links London to Bristol – come off at junction 17 towards Bath, then follow the A350 and A4 onto Bradford Road. For car hire, the best local options are in Bath. On arrival, park up in one of the two public car parks next to the hotel.

Other

The Kennet and Avon canal runs just to the south of the town centre – if you’re in no hurry and proud of it, you can chug to Bath and back in a couple of days.

Worth getting out of bed for

Cheese! Isn’t it always? The house cheese-board comes with a choice of West Country wedges including Wookey cheddar, Dorset Blue Vinney, and Glastonbury Driftwood. If it’s too hard to choose, you know what to do. Out and about, the hottest heritage in town is the Tithe Barn (Pound Lane), a 14th-century monastic hall with a timber cruck roof the architect must have been really chuffed with. Over in the spa city of Bath, visit the internationally renowned Roman Baths (it’s a museum, no trunks required), or gulp in the fresh air and panoramic views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

Local restaurants

The Fat Fowl (Silver Street) is a easy-going bistro with a family-friendly café upstairs. Wiltshire’s own Walter Rose & Son butchery supplies the meat, and the fresh fruit and veg is from gourmet grocer, Eades of Bath. Don’t forget to try the house-made ice-cream, whipped up with Jersey cream. The Weaving Shed (3 Bridge Yard, Kingston Mills) serves up British faves right on the riverbank; try the black pudding with apple ketchup, or the haunch of Wiltshire venison. The Bunch of Grapes (14 Silver St) has the air of an Aquitaine bistro, and the duck à l’orange to match it.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Wiltshire and unpacked their scrumpy cider and oak-smoked bacon, a full account of their country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford-on-Avon…
 
Honey-hued Georgian architecture, arched bridges over the Avon… if it sounds like Bath, it’s because it is like Bath. But this is Bradford-on-Avon, Bath’s quieter and altogether more cutesy little brother, seven miles up the river. Boutique shops and buttery limestone cottages line the narrow medieval streets, and daisy-fresh air rolls in from the Mendip Hills. On the south bank, facing the spire of the Holy Trinity Church, is Timbrell’s Yard. It calls itself ‘bar, restaurant and rooms’, in that order, so one look at your room is enough to know that your tastebuds and tummy are in for a real treat. Don’t admire the mix-and-match tiles, ceiling-hung bedside lamps or vintage mannequins for too long though – some of the West Country’s finest farm-grown grub are waiting downstairs. Not to mention a scrumpy cider by the fire… 

 

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