Timbrell’s Yard is beautifully boutique. White and dusty greys provide the canvas, alongside the newly sawn larch timber cladding and thick heavy beams from the original property, while quirky touches and splashes of bold colours make this sleep spot stand out from the crowd. Dog-friendly rooms include smart TVs, Pure radios, WiFi, rainfall showers, Bramley shower and body products, and freshly-ground coffee.
The history of the building is reflected in the range of delightful room options available here.
The two Small Doubles in the oldest part of the property are cosy, with vintage desks and modern touches. These are perfect for a short stay with a small pooch.
The adjacent Medium Doubles allow a little more room to relax, with king-sized beds and dreamy river views. Standard Doubles don’t have the views, but make up for it with stylish wallpaper and retro wicker furnishings.
Large Doubles offer plenty of space for fido to snooze awhile; all have double aspect windows with beautiful river views. For an extra treat, opt for room 106 with its freestanding, double-ended roll-top bath.
River Walk rooms are the most recent addition to Timbrell’s Yard; situated on the ground floor, adjacent to the River Avon, they feature quirky artwork, plus a separate seating area overlooking the water.
There are also four Mezzanine Doubles on offer; these light and airy split-level suites have plenty of natural light, all overlooking the water. When travelling with fido, we’d recommend one of the other room types, as the stairs to the bedroom area can be a bit tricky to navigate for adventurous paws.
Your dog will be delighted to find a blanket, bowl and a surprise ‘Woof’ box awaiting him on arrival.
Perched right on the River Avon, the river path is a mere leap and a bound away. There is a tranquil and shallow spot amidst beautiful parkland five minutes from the hotel – perfect for pooches that like a paddle. You’ll find more than one or two local hounds doing the same. Pack your dog’s drying coat if he’s partial to a dip, and your Dubarrys (or Havaianas in the warmer months) if you’re partial to a paddle too!
Extra beds can be accommodated in some of the larger rooms for children up to 12 years of age at a cost of £20. Please request when booking.
Cots are available for children up to 2 years of age free of charge, but won’t fit in the small rooms.
The restaurant at Timbrell’s Yard is light, bright and buzzy. The cleverly thought-out, contemporary interiors are as evident here as they are in the sleep spaces, with the quirky lighting adding a finishing touch to the ambience, particularly in the evenings. Food is freshly prepared and focuses on West Country produce; the menu is constantly changing to make use of the freshest ingredients, and to keep locals coming back for novel delights.
Although the restaurant isn’t dog-friendly, the full menu is available in the bar or on the delightful terrace, and your dog can join you in both areas.
The main menu offers an excellent mix of meat, fish and vegetarian options, with attention to detail on accompaniments, and enticing flavour combinations that really work. Tuck in to an Old Spot pork chop with fine beans, haricot, aubergine, feta & mint, or opt for a more traditional steak from the grill – there’s flat iron, rump or ribeye to mull over, with a choice of two sauces. A daily fish is almost always on offer, served with crispy thick cut chips and a homemade tartare sauce. Desserts are effortlessly tempting if you still have room.
The by-the-glass wines (of which there are plenty) are thoughtfully inscribed on the chalk board to the left of the bar; should you wish to explore further, there is an extensive wine list, with all bottles under £55. Cocktails focus on the classics, supported by a good gin selection behind the bar.
Breakfast can be enjoyed with your dog in the bar or terrace – help yourself to the continental buffet in the restaurant area, and a member of staff will be happy to take your coffee and breakfast order.
You’ll also find some tempting sweet treats on the bar throughout the day.
Timbrell’s Yard do not currently offer room service, but with two relaxed, dog-friendly eating spaces to choose from, fido will be more than happy to join you for dinner.
The charming terrace gets sun all day in the height of summer, so it is the perfect place for sun-worshipping humans and hounds.
A children’s menu is available, and many of the main dishes are also available in a smaller size on request.
Bradford on Avon is beautifully British – an English country town to write home about. A stroll across the river will take you to the main part of this picturesque town; if it’s relaxation you’re after, grab a shady bench alongside the water and watch the world go by with fido at your feet, or if you’re in the mood for adventure, it’s time to hit the shops!
Be prepared to get a little lost as you wander the enchanting streets, but you can’t go far as you peer in to the charming coffee shops and blissful boutiques. Be sure to take a wander through quaint Weavers Walk, and stop off for a visit at brand spanking new pet shop, Doghouse (opening on 1st July 2017); the Doghouse cafe will be a treat for you, and also offers doggy ice cream and ‘pup cakes’ for four-legged friends. The town streets are relatively narrow and can get busy at certain times of the day, so be sure to keep an extra close eye on your pup.
When it’s time for walkies, look no further than Barton Farm Country Park, accessible from the river walk in front of the hotel. There is a gate at the bottom of the car park; take a left, and head for the green fields. Stop off at the peaceful paddling area, before continuing on to Avoncliff. Reward yourselves with a drink at Cross Guns, before returning at a more leisurely pace along the river path; the round trip should take you around one hour.
If you’re in the mood to venture further afield, big brother Bath is around 20 minutes away in the car, or 15 minutes on the train.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Timbrell’s Yard, 49 St. Margaret’s Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE
Timbrell’s Yard is around 30 minutes south from the M4 and just over 30 minutes north of the A303. Your Sat Nav will easily guide you from the main roads. The hotel has a small car park, but if there isn’t space, there is a good-sized pay and display car park immediately adjacent to the hotel.
Bradford on Avon station is just two minutes from Timbrell’s Yard, making this an excellent option for a short break for those without cars. The quickest trains from the capital go via Bath, with trains also connecting through Bristol and Warminster.
It was an absolute scorcher of a June day as we readied ourselves for our stay at Timbrell’s Yard. After a short (but less enthusiastic than usual!) early morning walk with Rigby, where lounging under shady trees was more the order of the day than chasing unsuspecting ducks around the pond, we were looking forward to a temporary reprieve from the heat in the air-conditioned car.
The Wiltshire countryside was glistening in the beautiful summer sun. Bradford on Avon, the home of Timbrell’s Yard, dates back to Roman times, and its picturesque architecture has an even greater sense of grandeur against a bright blue sky. We had visited before, and were excited to return and explore this inviting town further.
With a spacious pay and display car park adjacent to the hotel, we had no problems finding a space. After a stroll through the riverfront terrace, Rigby was immediately greeted in reception with smiling faces and a welcoming pat. We were shown to our first-floor bedroom, where a blanket, bowl and ‘Woof’ box were ready and waiting for the lucky pooch. While Rigby chowed down on the Lily’s Kitchen food inside and had a much-needed rest, we also took a moment to pause on the beautifully boutique window bench; with a leafy view of the river outside, we admired the dappled sunlight gently lapping the canal, and the ducks floating past at a very country pace.
With the room feeling the effects of the heatwave, we swiftly opened all the windows and escaped outside to allow the room to cool down. While one of us sought out one of the many bowls in the bar and some shade on the terrace for Rigby, the other set off for a late afternoon meander through the town. Petite but utterly charming, Bradford on Avon is more than worth an explore; quaint coffee shops and unique boutiques line the narrow streets, with more than one alternative dog-friendly stop on offer. Cool down with a beverage at The Weaving Shed, with its large dog-friendly terrace, or meet some friendly locals at Fat Fowl, where the extremely welcoming staff will seat promenading pooches inside and out.
With the heat of the day having taken its toll, some sustenance was in order. The full dinner menu is available throughout, and dogs are welcome in the bar or on the terrace. With any river breeze sorely absent on this particular day, we opted for the much cooler bar, and settled in to a tucked-away table with an ice cold Pimms – just what the doctor ordered! With the menu broad enough to satisfy almost any craving, this is fine food, with an approachable flourish, that feels suitably different to the average Modern European menu.
While we perused the day’s delights, Rigby enjoyed a treat or two and plenty of fuss from the bar staff and the dog-free diners. Although sorely tempted by the chimichurri beef burger, the weather called for a slightly lighter dinner. We opted for the daily fish, simply grilled (today, a whole lemon sole) served with hand cut chips and tartare sauce, and a salad of grilled Cornish mackerel fillet, with panzanella, baby gem and salsa verde, which was wonderfully flavoursome.
With our tummies well-filled, and the outside temperature finally a bit more human and dog-friendly, we set off for a post-dinner stroll. On the advice of our new friends at the bar, we veered left along the canal and soon found ourselves at the beautifully green Barton Farm Country Park. A little birdie had told us there was a perfect pooch-friendly paddling spot a short walk away. After a short stroll, Rigby was the first to spot it, and made a beeline for the water, joining several other friendly local dogs, all overjoyed at the opportunity to cool down over play. After a 45-minute splash session (which we couldn’t resist joining in either!), even Rigby needed a rest. We took a pause on the grass to dry off, and then headed back to Timbrell’s Yard on an important mission… dessert!
We grabbed a bench on the bustling terrace, a-buzz with the joyous hubbub of a British summer’s evening, where locals and residents on two and four paws were all gathered, enjoying a Monday evening drink. A naughty but nice rocky road sundae with toffee sauce, and a wonderfully tart elderflower panna cotta with berries and crumble were ordered, along with a chilled glass of rose from the bar’s blackboard.
It was soon time to retire to bed; effortlessly comfortable, there was sadly no need for the cosy duvets on this particular occasion. A slightly warm Rigby rose early – eager to explore the source of the birdsong – which allowed time for an early morning walk (including some squirrel spotting in the trees) before the sun’s heat began to take full effect. Both rejuvenated after showers with the blissful Bramley toiletries, we took a seat on the terrace to enjoy breakfast. The fresh, crisp croissant, fruity yoghurt pots and smashed avocado on malted toast, with roast tomatoes and deliciously devilish dry cured bacon, were a perfect way to start the day.
The property is beautifully boutiquey and has a fabulous feeling that you are part of the family. All packed up, we waved a fond farewell to the team, as Rigby snuck round the back of the desk for one final treat.
For a relaxing and quintessentially English country town break filled with contemporary style and character, humans and hounds need look no further.
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