The Old Tack Room

Ibberton near Sturminster Newton, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 2980)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A charming, single-storey former tack room, adjoining the owners' house, in the grounds of their small working farm and stables in the tranquil village of Ibberton, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Dorset's picturesque Blackmore Vale.

This charming cottage is well equipped and furnished to a very good standard, with lovely views to the rear towards Bulbarrow Hill, one of Dorset's highest points.

The area surrounding the cottage has many scenic country walks, with The Ridgeway trail passing close by, while a short stroll takes you to the local pub serving good food and real ales.

Within an easy drive are ancient Sherborne with its abbey and castles, the attractive market towns of Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum, Stourhead house and gardens, Milton Abbas and the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast.

A superb Ibberton cottage for a relaxing break.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Shower room with extra large shower (off sitting area). Cloakroom with basin and WC (off hallway). Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with patio doors to private garden.


Oil central heating. Electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine (in cloakroom), TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and games. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 2 cars. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Drying cupboard. Two well-behaved dogs welcome at £15 per dog, per week. Paddocks and stables available for visitors' horses at £10 per horse, per day by prior arrangement with owner. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 5 mins walk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “peacefull with lovely countyside views”
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    • “The old Tack Room was very clean the wine on arrival was a nice welcome. The owners where very friendly. The garden was lovely with the patio furniture a peaceful place to sit any time of the day or night. The dogs had a lovely time lots of nice walks. The Pub just up the road was with easy walking distance food was ok.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Sevenoaks, September 2013

    • “Quick Break in Dorset”
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    • “The cottage was beautiful and the birds in the garden unbelieveable and fascinating. The weather was not very kind and there was plenty of mud underfoot but we went to the Haynes Museum and the Fleet Air Arm Museum both of which were worth a trip. Every fascility that I can think of was in the cottage and a very high standard of furnishing and equipment plus wine and flowers on arrival. I would wholeheartedly recommend this cottage as a centre to tour Dorset”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Oswestry, May 2010

    • “Excellent cottage”
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    • “Brilliant location and superb cottage in the country. We visited the Great Dorset Steam Fair and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.”

    Lee Hewitt, Lancashire, December 2012

    • “Tranquil beautiful setting”
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    • “Very clean well apoointed cottage. Lovely garden, lovely of bird life visiting the owner's feeding station visble from the cottage. Good wlaks in the area and only 5minute walk from the pub which serves good ales and food. Great place for our dog and owners had thought of everything ilcuding doggie towels and poo bags! Would go again.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hook Hampshire, August 2011

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    • “We had an excellent holiday a real break away and near enough places of interest. The owners were very friendly only too happy to help. We hope to visit again in the future. A big thank you to the owners for our holiday.”

    Mrs Edwards, Taunton, October 2015

    • “A real "get away from it all" location. Had good walks, lovely countryside and easy access to the coast as well. The cottage was very well equipped and the garden secure, there were lots of birds to watch including a green woodpecker.”

    Mrs Lusty, Coleford, April 2015

    • “The cottage was as near to perfect as you could get. Everything you needed was there and it was very clean. It was an extremely comfortable place to spend a holiday in lovely surroundings. The owners were very friendly.”

    Mrs Taylor, Brighton, March 2015

    • “An absolutely beautiful place to stay, a picture postcard place. The owners are very friendly and the cottage is attached to their farmhouse so if you did happen to have a problem they are right there on hand. It really is a home from home, we will definitely be going back, a big thank you to the owner, see you again soon!”

    Mr Porter, Darlington, March 2015

    • “Liked everything! The cottage was lovely and cosy, with lots of essentials in place. The owners were great, very respectful of our privacy but also friendly. In a great location!”

    Ms Tobin, Banbury, December 2014

    • “We loved the Old Tack Room.We had a great holiday.”

    Mr Fairclough, Upper Minety, August 2014

    • “A lovely place to stay; felt like coming home every evening after our daily tours. Very friendly owners. We´re thinking of coming back!”

    Mr Galda, Wedemark, August 2014

    • “Location of property which was lovely and peaceful and easy access to local pub was great.”

    Mr Collinge, Hailsham, June 2014

    • “Friendly owner of the property. The welcome bottle of wine was a lovely touch. Although it is fairly remote location you were only 30 minutes away from Poole and other good towns. The owners are lovely hosts. Great for our dog who we have never taken on holiday before, miles of areas to walk.”

    Mr Stevens, Deal, April 2014

    • “Lovely cottage, excellent location, very nice surroundings.”

    Mrs Cowley, Kettering, April 2014

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About the location


Sturminster Newton 5 miles; Blandford Forum 9 miles.

The attractive little village of Ibberton, nestling beneath the ridge of Bulbarrow Hill, is located within the Blackmore Vale, a short drive from Blandford Forum in glorious North Dorset. The surrounding countryside, celebrated by Thomas Hardy, who wrote 'Return of The Native' in nearby Sturminster Newton, is now a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with superb scenic walks and a haven for wildlife. There is plenty to see and do within an easy drive, including Stourhead House and Gardens, the fabulous abbey and castles at Sherborne, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, as well as the bustling market town of Dorchester. Just a little further afield, the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury, and the popular seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Weymouth provide great days out. A super, peaceful holiday base from which to explore this lovely part of the country at any time of the year.

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