This spacious, beautifully converted barn offers light, airy and modern accommodation for four people whilst still retaining many of its original features. This pretty barn conversion is situated amidst the owner's 130 acres of wooded farmland, just three miles from the centre of Sturminster Newton. Expertly renovated to an exceptionally high standard, this property boasts exposed beams throughout and provides wonderful views over the Blackmore Vale. With two charming bedrooms, a well equipped fitted kitchen and a traditional sitting room, this is a spacious property. Access to the pretty garden is via French windows in the lounge, which add...s to the overall impression of space. Close by there are numerous footpathsand bridleways, providing excellent walking opportunities whilst the town of Sherborne is just 11 miles away.
Amenities: Oil central heating. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, video, DVD, radio, books/videos. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot on request. Off road parking for two cars. Enclosed garden & patio with furniture & swings for children aged 3-10 years. One well-behaved dog welcome at £10 per week. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.
Region: Explore the fossils and stunning beaches of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, visit historic Sherborne and Shaftesbury, or enjoy the footpaths, country lanes and thatched-roof pubs Dorset offers.
Town: Set on the banks of the River Stour is the small market town of Sturminster Newton, reached via a six arch 15th Century bridge that carries a warning of deportation for those who damage it. This beautiful region is apparently where the author Thomas Hardy drew much of his inspiration and it is said that he wrote 'Return of The Native' whilst living in the town. The surrounding area is packed with thatched cottages, numerous rural walks, stunning views of the countryside, and fascinating towns such as Sherborne with its abbey and castle. The beautiful Dorset Heritage coastline is also within easy reach and not only offers great water sport opportunities but also great bird watching, making this an ideal base all year round!
All prices are inclusive of the booking fee. Winter Short Breaks (WSB) are available at many properties in the "Winter" period - subject to availability. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. Off Season Breaks (OSB) are available at many properties in parts of the "Low" and "Mid" periods - subject to availability. The price for a 3 night break is either 75% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. OSBs can be booked within a calendar month of the start date of the holiday. "Last Minute Breaks" (LMB) are available at most properties throughout the "LOW", "MID", "HIGH", "PEAK", "XMAS" and "NEW YEAR" periods. The price for a 3 night break is either 65% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. LMBs can be booked within one week of the start date of the holiday.
Left on 12/02/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | David in SK
The Stables is a well equipped and spacious self contained property. The owners farmhouse is close at hand, but completely separate. This region is a delight for anyone who likes quiet and natural rural England. There are many delightful small towns and villages within easy reach and some excellent pubs serving really good food. The Dorset coast is not far away and is easily reached. The local lanes are quite narrow but are generally quiet and represent no drawback - they are part of the attraction for us! The house itself was very comfortable and the owners were very helpful and pleasant and respected our privacy perfectly.
Left on 08/29/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Linda Jane
Arrived to find cupcakes, tea bags, milk and sugar waiting for us! The cottage, gardens, views are fabulous and the surrounding area is so peaceful and quiet.
christmas at the stables
Left on 02/22/2013 for a stay in December 2012 | Sandra Chapman
We were warmly welcomed by the owner. the property was home from home and had been decorated with a lovely Christmas tree. Comfortable size for 4 adults and we had a dog with us. The garden attached to the stables was dog/child friendly.
We found a local pub The Green Man very friendly and the food was tasty. The landlord was helpful with giving us space to accommodate a toddler and dog, which allowed us to have an enjoyable time there.
The stables is quite isolated if you wanted to do any shopping, having said that found a supermarket in Sturminster Newton offering a good range of products. Enjoyable, peaceful location.
Maria & Graham
Fleet, Hants. UK
Peace & quiet with great hosts
Left on 11/05/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Maria & Graham
Location is great - overlooking lovely countryside. The cottage was larger than we expected and had everything we needed. Star gazing with clear skies at night was a big bonus as there is no light pollution, and the area is so quiet; we really enjoyed our stay.The hosts are very approachable and made our stay perfect.
We enjoyed an evening at The Exchange in Stur which stages varied events and has a really friendly atmosphere.
Left on 12/18/2009 for a stay in September 2009 | Jules
Probably the best cottage we've stayed in, comfortable for a family of 4. Great garden and a great place to explore the county of Dorset. Owners were polite and welcoming and stopped for a chat when they saw you!!
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