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The Old Rectory Country House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #8 of 45 Dorchester B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“A beautiful place and a lovely welcome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

I feel so fortunate to have found this little gem of a hotel. Especially since many hotels sadly state 'no children'. Well, this hotel is very welcoming. We; myself, my husband and 5 year old son really enjoyed our two night stay there. Caroline welcomed us all upon arrival and it's clear why they get so booked up so early on. It's a beautiful hotel, decorated to a very high standard. There are beautifully maintained grounds to explore, and we were able to enjoy the evening sunshine whilst picnicking in the garden.

The breakfast was good and Caroline looks after her guests well.

The hotel is well located for exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coastline and Caroline has a good knowledge of the area recommending good routes and places of interest.

We'll definitely visit again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Battle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is the second time in 2 months that we have stayed with caroline and Gordon. Despite having family in the area, this is even better! As hostess, Caroline is wonderful, and we have been made so very welcome.
The first time we stayed was for a family birthday in Dorchester, (no room in the family inns!!)and despite having one body too many, Caroline managed to accommodate my grandson in her own daughter's bedroom (while she wes away). That just shows haw accommodating she can be. It was fantastic having the whole family together, and we didn't hesitae to book again when another family occasion cropped up. I just wonder how many more family events we can conjure up, so we have an excuse to stay again!!
Actually, that's not the point - I would want to stay anytime.
I should add that this area is where I grew up and went to school , and nostalgia plays a big part.
The Old Rectory, Caroline and Gordon add to that

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a three night stay at The Old Rectory B&B. We can sum up our experience in one word. Delightful. Caroline {and Gordon} made us feel welcome from arriving on their doorstep. Caroline is a wonderful hostess and full of knowledge of the local area.
The property is situated in a chocolate box village, within lovely grounds. Our room "The Abbotsbury" was large, clean, well fitted out, with a good selection on the beverage tray. The bathroom was "decadent". Breakfast was superb, with a choice of fruit juices, fruits, cereals, full English breakfast, toast and tea or coffee. No need to leave the table feeling hungry. The booking procedure was simple, with a quick response.
Thank you Caroline, for making us so welcome. You have a beautiful home.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

Caroline certainly makes you feel welcome.
Our room was very clean and well decorated.
We enjoyed our breakfast but would have preferred 'proper' bread to sliced! Perhaps we are knit picking but we have our own bread maker and like fresh bread.

Room Tip: You could have a family room with a 4 poster but we prefer a more modern room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have just returned from a 2 night stay. The Old Rectory is a really top class, comfortable B and B. Caroline is the owner, and nothing is too much trouble. She is friendly, thoughtful, and accommodating - a really good 'people person'. It's obvious that she loves her business and her guests. Not only was the room spotlessly clean, it was also beautifully appointed with quirky little windows, and a lovely en-suite with a large shower. As if this was not enough there is also a comfortable, large, but cosy sitting room with lovely furniture and a good sized TV.The prices may be a tiny bit more than some B and B's but represents really good value for money. If you want to relax in beautiful Dorset then look no further. You will not do better!

Room Tip: You cannot go wrong with any room. We had the Sherborne.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Stayed here for just one night while my son was attending a pre vet course near Dorchester. Can highly recommend it!

As always, parking is a high priority for me and the car park was spacious and secure with no worries about leaving it there overnight. The room was well furnished and comfortable, very much a home from home and everyone was very friendly

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

I stayed here recently with some friends who are regular guests of this wonderful B&B. The service was excellent right from my initial enquiry email to Caroline to the friendly farewell at the end of our stay. The rooms were fantastic and spotless, the breakfasts were delicious (not a scrap of grease in the full English!) and the service from Caroline and her family was second to none. We stayed in the Sherbourne room and the bed is possibly the most comfortable bed I’ve stayed in-my bed at home doesn't even compare now! With the newly renovated self-catering facility, we're already planning our next trip with our friends.
If you’re in the area, you must stay in this lovely B&B!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Old Rectory Country House Bed and Breakfast

Property: The Old Rectory Country House Bed and Breakfast
Address: Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorchester DT2 9LG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Dorchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely Victorian rectory offers peaceful and relaxing breaks in our four en-suite rooms including one with a four poster bed. English breakfast is served in the courtyard conservatory. We are 3 miles west of the county town of Dorchester and within easy reach of the stunning world heritage Jurassic coastline. ... more   less 
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The Old Rectory Country House Bed And Breakfast Dorchester, Dorset

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