Quintessential B&B

Abbotsbury, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7967 886762
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Foodies and sociable souls will enjoy this lively B&B in a pretty honey-coloured stone cottage with a garden and a very friendly owner


3 beds


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

Make yourselves at home in the dining room with antiques, pictures, photographs, china plates and lots of interesting books. Tea and home-baked apple cake or scones are waiting for you, or you can have a nip from the honesty bar; you’ll also find Dorset wine and a friend’s honey to buy. The sun-room overlooking the garden is a good spot for a sundowner before one of Angela’s delicious homemade suppers – she cooks a mean paella.

Breakfast choices are posted on a blackboard and agreed upon the evening before, with vegetarian and vegan options too: avocado and spinach, homemade American pancakes with blueberry sauce, omelettes, plus ham and eggs, smoked salmon, Kedgeree or the full English, served in the sun room or garden if you prefer – help yourselves to cushions from the basket.

Take a book to the French day bed under the honeysuckle on balmy days, or visit the Swannery and the Subtropical Gardens in the village – both have good eateries.

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We think you'll love

  • Being looked after, and fed so well, by Angela
  • Exploring the village and walking to everything
  • Having a day out at the coast and returning to such a quiet village
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You should know

  • Supper on Fridays and Saturdays only
  • Steep winding stairs to the bedrooms
  • Children over 8


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Children over 8 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 5-minute walk. Dinner, £50 per couple for three courses, with wine or soft drink.


Nightly price
from £90
Singles £85-£99. Extra bed/sofabed available £30 per person per night.
3 Twin/doubles
From £90



We all thoroughly enjoyed our 4-night stay at Angela's beautiful B&B in the pisturesque village of Abbotsbury. The rooms were very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Our dinner on arrival was delicious as were the breakfasts. It was very pleasant eating in the lovely and peaceful garden.

Jaqueline, London

You would have to travel far and wide to get a welcome as good as the one you will get from Angela at Quintessential B & B. The cottage is a joy to stay in ….so beautifully furnished with harmonious colour schemes. Spend time in the lovely cottage garden in one of the cosy sitting areas. Everything you could want from the most amazing B & B especially the home cooked food from the Aga!

Andrea, Sawday's Inspector

An excellent stay with a delightful host. A birthday treat for my husband - so the breakfast proved superb - as did our welcome evening meal provided by Angela. Evening meal recommendations worked well too. Lots to explore in the area without needing the car. Would recommend the Tropical gardens nearby. A relaxing mini-break in a lovely home - felt we’d made a friend!

Edna, Henley-On-Thames

We had a hugely enjoyable 4 night stay . Our room was delightful, with a view of the chapel and a very comfortable bed. Angela is the perfect host, thinking of everything you might want and providing it. Her breakfast is exceptional making full use of excellent local produce. She is a great cook so next time we will book in for her homecooked supper. Abbotsbury is very pretty and there is so much to see locally that we didn't stray further than 10 miles.

Christine, Woodstock

Angela's B&B was a perfect base for walking the Dorset Coastal Path for 4 days, Lyme Regis to Weymouth, which was all possible by public transport. A warm and chatty host, Angela has created a beautiful cottage here in the very unusual village of Abbotsbury, surrounded by stone and thatched buildings in all directions and a 14th century chapel, ancient abbey buildings, the coast and swannery all within easy walking distance. This is Thomas Hardy country, with rolling hills, wildlife, The Fleet, Chesil Beach and so much to savour on the doorstep. Thank you Angela for a very memorable stay.

Pippa, Briancon

Angela combines a warm, generous and friendly welcome whilst maintaining a totally professional approach. Breakfast is a real treat. Angela obviously enjoys offering her guests a great stay , we will be back !

Carmel, Malvern

Angela was very welcoming and helpful both before and during the visit. The rooms were clean and the breakfasts large and delicious, with local honey available. We had supper outside in the garden on our first night. Recommended.

Rosalind, Stroud

Fabulous and Cosy BB, very clean , Very friendly owner Angela, lovely Breakfast. All Covid-19 safety details were clearly set out and adhered too. We were really enjoyed our stay and certainly will be back. The local amenities were plentiful, including lovely car park behind the cottage. Awesome Greek Meze and breakfast! Must not miss her cooking!

Dean, Essex

The Quintessential is aptly named. New owner Angela has wasted no time - refreshing the rooms with delightfully quirky décor and a touch of French Country style. The rooms are impeccable; hugely comfortable double beds, one with a romantic rolled top bath. The garden layout is a similar eclectic mix of lavender, olive and a fig trees and artful sun traps From the cream tea on arrival through to the superb breakfasts this is everything you could possibly ask for from an English Cottage B&B. Regrettably, in these Covid times, we could not hug our new-found friend… but we will return.

Derek, Staines-upon-Thames

This is such a lovely, special place to stay. Bob is a wonderful host, forever welcoming and helpful, producing excellent breakfasts which start with delicious pancakes and homemade compote and going on from there. Abbotsbury is a very attractive village and the whole area is full of lovely walks, hilly cycles and welcoming people. A lovely house full of colour and interest -stay hereif you possibly can!

Helen, Newcastle under lyme

Warm welcome, eclectic surroundings, delicious breakfasts and plenty of local info from host, delightful village with plenty of wonderful walks and views everywhere

Glyn, Littlehampton

A feast for the senses here! Bygone treasures spill over from Bob's Antique shop opposite and fill every space in this charming cottage. It is rustic and quirky. Upstairs the bedrooms alight with French Glamour in one and a Tropical feel in the other. Bob loves to cook, and his breakfasts are gargantuan! Or try his tagine for a light supper. Delicious! A walk up to St Catherine's chapel behind the cottage is a must for the views over Chesil Beach, the open sea and Portland Bill.

Angie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Swannery is home to 600 mute swans on the site of an 11th-century monastery. The Subtropical Gardens are a short distance away. In the village you'll find a good shop selling pretty much everything including wine, a farm shop and a decent pub. Langton Herring (15 minutes) has a super pub called the Elm Tree. Visit the studio of renowned cameo glass specialist, Helen Millard. Bridport is 20 minutes, Weymouth has a fine beach.

Local points of interest from Angela Hillier

  • St Catherine’s Chapel perched on the hilltop is just twenty minutes walk from the house. The views when you arrive at the top are iconic. The Tropical gardens, Swannery and Chesil Beach are all within walking distance from the cottage.
  • There is a double decker bus that runs from Poole to Lyme Regis along the coastline with commanding views of the Chesil beach along the way. The bus stop Is five mins walk from the cottage.
  • The house was built in the 1700s and Is situated in the middle of the village with an enclosed garden with areas of relaxation and a small conservatory for breakfast if you wish.
  • I am an easy going host. Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything you would like such as picnic boxes.
  • Abbotsbury is very convenient for lovely market towns such as Bridport and Dorchester. Both only twenty minutes drive away.
  • Abbotsbury is a beautiful quintessential English village with many amenities such as farm shop, tea rooms and art galleries and it would be easy to park the car up for a couple of days and explore the surroundings by foot or bike.


Angela Hillier

Angela, part Welsh, part Greek (what a combination!) has worked in hotels all her life and has travelled widely in the UK. She ran a bistro, cafe and B&B in Somerset before she settled here. She's tireless and fun and infectiously enthusiastic - she also loves looking after people so you're in safe hands.