Timbrell's Yard

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £86 per night

A dramatic transformation of an old riverside boozer into a stylish boutique hotel, with great food and prices
Despite being a life-long Bristolian, I'd never been to Bradford-on-Avon before. And when we drove into it, down a steep windy hill, past gorgeous old honey-stone buildings, I was amazed by its beauty. Clusters of 17th-century cottages, cobbled streets and tall weavers' townhouses, with a mellow green river swept by weeping willows. It's a mini Bath (with a ridiculous number of coffee shops).

In the heart of town, Timbrell's Yard is a stylish, friendly and great-value heritage-chic retreat. There's a cosy bar and a great double-height restaurant serving excellent gastro-pub fare. Upstairs, the style in the bedrooms is all its own. Nordic in influence, with elegant greys, signature tiling, fishing lamps and bare wood, warmed by fur cushions and statement prints on the walls.

Highs

    • Truly relaxing thanks to super-soft beds and the tranquil riverside location; ideal for a restorative break
    • A welcoming restaurant and bar with delicious food by Tom Blake (formerly at River Cottage)
    • No need for a car; you're a 2-min walk from the station with regular trains to Bath for day trips (10 mins)
    • Great value for money, particularly the smaller rooms
    • Friendly staff, who love the area

Lows

    • Limited mobile signal (a High for us)
    • Hairdryers are on request from reception
    • The river view from the dining terrace is obstructed by the car park, but it's still a lovely peaceful spot
    • The town is frequently snarled up with traffic

Best time to go

This would be a great bolthole at any time of year. There's a terrace out front for drinking and dining in warm weather; the dining room is airy with huge glass windows so perfect for spring and autumn months, and there's a wood-burner in the bar for the winter months.

Our top tips

Timbrell's Yard shares the same winning formula of its popular sister properties: the Swan Wedmore and White Hart Somerton. Both are also in the west country and worth a visit if you get the chance.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Large Double with Bath

Rooms

The 17 rooms are individually and elegantly styled, with Nordic influence: stripped-back wood, crisp white linens and various shades of grey. Furnishings are an eclectic mix of iron-wrought tables, wicker chairs, low-hanging fishing lamps and up-styled dressing tables and desks. Our Large Double had a French basket bed; others have leather chairs, cowhide, perhaps a towel ladder. Fur cushions, witty art and drinks coasters add colour.

All rooms are lovely, even the Small Doubles, which are rather dark but a great price if you just want to lay your head for the night. The river-side Mezzanine Doubles are pared-back with big picture windows; the 3 split-level River Walk Rooms are cosy and stylish, with bolder artwork and a little step down from the door to the sleep area. At the back, Standard Doubles are snazzy with sleek white shutters and statement wallpaper, but no view.

Bathrooms are a delight, with signature tiling, big powerful showers and a handful of delicious Bramley toiletries. Some Large Doubles have a free-standing tub and towelling robes, too, so are worth the splurge if you like a wallow.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The open kitchen is headed up by Tom Blake, formerly of River Cottage, so bring an appetite. We sat in the cool wooden dining room; in summer you can dine on the terrace. Flavours are huge, and everything we ate was perfectly cooked, from the delicious Brixham crab tart and rocket starter (with celeriac remoulade), to the wild mushroom and spinach macaroni with truffle oil, chicory and chives. And puddings are amazing - we loved the salted caramel ice cream, and pannacotta with ginger biscuits.

Breakfast is an indulgent affair: pastries, homemade granola with vanilla-bean yoghurt and poached rhubarb, plus cooked options are available. We went for broke smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and thick buttered brown toast. Delicious.

Bradford on Avon has lots of independent eateries for a change of scene. For delicious homemade cake and a perfect brew, we loved the award-winning Bridge Tea Rooms. Set in a 16th-century Blacksmith's cottage, it makes for an atmospheric pitstop.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: The Bridge, Bradford-on-Avon

Activities

  • Wander around Bradford on Avon's cobbled streets, admiring beautiful old houses, the 13th-century main bridge and exploring the independent boutiques. There's a farmers' market every third Thursday
  • Stroll along the river path, past ancient bridges and weeping willows, up to the pretty canal lock. En route stop at the amazing 14th-century Tithe Barn (plus a few artisan shops)
  • You're perfectly placed for a day trip to Bath, just 10 minutes away by train. A world Heritage site, it has stunning Georgian architecture, ancient Roman Baths and a Thermae spa. Great fashion shopping, too
  • Stourhead's stunning National Trust gardens are an easy drive away, as is the pretty market town of Frome

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome but there are no specific facilities for kids. The restaurant and bar are relaxed and family-friendly, plus you're within easy reach of Longleat and Bristol for family days out.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Mezzanine Doubles have a living area on the lower floor and a bedroom up top, so you could put a child's bed and a baby cot on the lower floor. The Large Doubles have lots of space, with a double bed, plus space for a rollaway bed and baby cot. Two have a bathtub, which is useful for younger kids.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available to borrow and there are high chairs in the restaurant.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids' meals plus child-sized portions of most main meals on request

Kid Friendly: Mezzanine Double

Location

Timbrell's Yard is in the heart of the pretty town of Bradford On Avon, in Wiltshire.

By Air:
Bristol is the closest airport (47km / 45-minute drive) or you're 90 minutes from London Heathrow (153km / 2-hour drive).

By Car
Driving is convenient for exploring the surrounding area, but certainly not essential.There are 2 public car parks next to the hotel (daily charge); see our car hire recommendations.

By Train
The hotel is 2-minute walk from Bradford-on-Avon train station, which has direct links to Bath (10 minutes), Bristol (30 minutes) and London (2 hours).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to the UK and getting around


Airports:

  • Bristol 47.0 km BRS
  • Southampton 96.0 km SOU

Other:

  • Beach 60.0 km
  • Shops 0.3 km
  • Restaurant 0.3 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
8/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We really liked Timbrell's Yard and Bradford on Avon is lovely. They said we could choose our Bramley product at check out. When we checked out we had to remind them! Food was good all round and cocktails in the bar were great and bar staff really nice. Waitresses were friendly and enthusiastic and efficient. Our mezzanine room was very comfy - was just a bit noisy in the morning. Overall a great stay. Would go back.

9/10,

Lovely interior, nicely designed with quirky details. Our room was spacious and really comfortable. Meals were delicious! We will definitely return.
(Our only suggestion would be for brighter side lights in the bedroom).

9/10,

We loved the place. Room good, food great and wonderful atmosphere. Our only disappointment was that for some reason it took on Saturday almost an hour to be served with our breakfast.

9/10,

River view room booked, comfortable bed, room 302 was nice and quiet.
Limited parking space on site, but we were lucky to get there slightly
earlier than check in time and get one for the duration of our stay. Nearby parking in Station carp otherwise (5 min walk).
Bar and restaurant very busy on a Saturday night, good buzz though!

8/10,

A lovely little escape from the city. Beautiful room, lovely location by the river and a hotel filled with a very friendly and helpful staff. Dinner was great too, accompanied by a lovely wine selection. Many thanks to Timbrell's & to i-escape for finding it for us!

10/10,

We've just spent two wonderful days staying at Timbrell's Yard, thanks to the fantastic staff, most delicious food, super comfortable beds, amazing service and the beauty of the town and surroundings too. An easy train ride from London, we brought our bikes and have had fantastic rides along the canal, river and through green countryside. Just the good spirit that we needed to start the year.

10/10,

Gorgeous little b&b with excellent food, welcoming ambience in a lovely little town. Would come back any time.

9/10,

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