Quintessential B&B

Abbotsbury, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast

Eclectic, unpretentious cottage in pretty Abbotsbury. Sink-into beds, blow out breakfasts - and glorious Chesil Beach a short drive


2 beds


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Treasures spill over from Bob’s antique shop opposite and fill every space in his little cottage. Known locally as “Bonkers Bob”, he says he’s put his heart and soul into creating a B&B like no other… Step into an eccentric home of quirky corners, art, fine linens, French finds and tropical and theatrical surprises.

He used to live in Bordeaux and is a laid-back host who loves to chat and cook. Tea and cakes when you get there, and Aga-cooked breakfasts (on big plates) that set you up for anything.

Pretty Abbotsbury is well worth exploring, there’s a good pub you can walk to for dinner (or book one of Bob’s simple suppers) and you can blow your cobwebs away walking along nearby Chesil Beach. Return to a very comfy room: guests always comment on their good night’s sleep.

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We think you'll love

  • The delicious, gargantuan breakfasts
  • The hugely comfortable beds
  • Bob - such a wonderfully relaxed and helpful host
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You should know

  • The staircase is steep and narrow
  • There's the odd time-worn bit


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • 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
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 5-minute walk. Dinner, 3 courses, £22.50.


Nightly price
from £85
2 Doubles
From £85


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 village is on the South Coast Path. From Bob's cottage it's a half-hour climb up to the 14th-century St Catherine's chapel - an English Heritage site – with amazing 360 degree views over the sea. Chesil Beach is a 20-minute drive. Abbotsbury has good galleries to mooch around, including woodturning and clocks, cafes and farm shops; visit the Swannery too – hundreds of mute swans on the site of an 11th-century monastery, a play area and a maze. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are a 5-minute drive. Get to Weymouth’s sandy beach and historic harbour in 10 minutes; Bridport 20 minutes. Burton Bradstock’s Hive Beach Café serves some fabulous seafood (10 minutes).

Local points of interest from Robert Curtis

  • The most popular site is the St Catherine’s chapel perched on the hilltop just a twenty minutes walk from the houseAlso The swannery Tropical gardens and Chesil Beach sea fishing plus many walks around the villageThe views are breathtaking
  • I think my rooms are a bit special with views of the chapel from one of the rooms to the luxury of our roll top bath in our tropical roomI pride my self on beautiful white linen and clean atmosphere.
  • The house was built in the 16/1700sIn the middle of the village with an enclosed garden with areas of relaxation a small conservatory for breakfast if you wish
  • You are allowed to use the house as if it is your own with hardly any restrictions and you can come and go whenever you wish
  • I do not mind if you arrive early or late as long as you let me know your ETA


Robert Curtis

Bob is an Eastender who's had a varied life, from fireman to selling feather bolsters in Spitalfields Market and sourcing and selling antiques. He has a beloved little dog called Bo Bo whom he rescued from France. From his time in Bordeaux he's brought back a love of their relaxed way of life.