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The Old Stables

(Ref. 18978)

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "What a fabulous property this is!"

    The photos don’t really do it justice. Everything is provided and the conversion has been very elegantly done. It was clean and comfortable and easy to warm up when we arrived. We hired a cottage for 6 and other family members were able to join us by hiring one of the other cottages. An excellent location for larger groups. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely accommodation very clean Everything you need inside Perfect location ..."

    Lovely accommodation very clean Everything you need inside Perfect location for woodland walks and close to local attractions and the beach Perfect private secure garden for the dogs Could not complain about anything

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic property in a beautiful location."

    The place was absolutely spotless, including all outside areas and shared games room. The property is well stocked with everything you can think of. Special touches provided such as tea, coffee, milk and cleaning products were most appreciated. Although we didn't light it, everything needed for the log burner was also supplied, with extras available to buy on site. 10/10 would definitely recommend, no buts or ifs! Location is in a beautiful village and surrounding areas worth a visit as all stunning. Pub is walkable, but no pavement so bring a torch if you're heading back in the dark! Garden secure for dog.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Oct 2023

  • "Well equipped, comfortable and clean cottage with easy access to woodland and field dog walks from the door."

    Quality finishes including all you need to self-cater, comfortable bed and sofas and quality shower and bath. Peaceful setting although with easy access to towns, country pubs and coast. Would definitely return and recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful dog friendly accommodation and beautiful peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2023

  • "Best self-catering property we have ever stayed at."

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation & dog friendly Clean & tidy."

    Friendly voice on the end of the phone. Nice touch of milk and biscuits for a welcome drink on arrival. Liked the games room. Would definitely use again. We were so lucky with such lovely weather. Thank you xx

    Reviewed by Tegwyn5.0Sep 2023

  • "We stayed as a family of 5 at the old stables for 7 nights."

    When we arrived, we were impressed with how clean the property was and the facilities. My children loved the games room and that was a real bonus on the rainy days we had. The property was well kitted out with all the equipment you could need. Plenty of crockery, glasses and cooking utensils. I was especially impressed there was hand wash in every bathroom and the kitchen. There was rinse aid, dishwasher tablets and washing powder and softener for the duration of our stay. It was a lovely touch to have some biscuits and milk left for us after a long journey. We also arrived to fully stocked teabags and sugar. The location of the old stables is perfect and close to all amenities. The crown pub down the road is excellent. If I would recommend anything is improved, I would say the mattresses. They are so hard and don’t offer much support to your back and hips and even my children thought they were hard. Whilst I recognise the importance of durability, I think this is the only minor negative of the accommodation. We will definitely be back and I wouldn’t let the hard mattress put me off.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Jul 2023

  • "Nice comfortable accommodation."

    Rather disappointed that we werent allow bbq's. Could benefit from having a shoe rack / cupboard by door as no where to put shoes. Unsuite shower cubicle rather cramped also door was broken but we managed to fix it enough to use. We mentioned it to cleaner when we left. Games room was good. Nice area and good walks for the dogs.

    Reviewed by Janet3.8Jul 2023

  • "We all love it here."

    we stay here for our son wedding. Lot's of room for everyone,

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "Amazing accommodation, nothing has been unthought about by the owners."

    Even some tea and biscuits for arrivals. The games room was a lovely little extra to do and kept my kids fully entertained when trying to cook the dinner. A lovely week in a lively location

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2023

  • "We loved our stay in The Old Stable."

    Fantastic accommodation, well equipped, easy check in. Lovely to have Milk, sugar, Tea and coffee and Biscuits left for our stay. A very welcome treat. Great location to explore Dorset, but car needed.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage with a very well equipped kitchen and all mod cons."

    The garden area at the front was great for our 2 small dogs, and the games room was a nice bonus. It is our second time at Hedge End Farm cottages, and will definitely return again. Would recommend it very highly.

    Reviewed by Mahesh5.0Feb 2023

  • "This was our second visit to the stables, and as before everything we ever needed was there, as soon as you opened the door it was all there waiting, including biscuits and milk!"

    Our family who were there for some of the time loved it all too. They all enjoyed the games room and had many games of pool there. Its just so peaceful in the countryside there. No hesitation in recommending the stables!

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2022

  • "Looked amazing as soon as you pulled up ."

    Inside was so so clean and homely with every little detail covered , the added bonus of a small garden for the dog was amazing . Fantastic , chilled stay . Definitely be back

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2022

  • "Although it does mention a step in the hallway, it would be really great if a rail could be attached by the step for the mobility challenged people."

    other than that the bungalow was great, but wifi not secure.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay for two nights at The Old Stables."

    The accommodation was just perfect for what we needed and it provided easy access to some great countryside sights and the coast. Everything we could have possibly needed was provided - I've never seen so many cups, glasses etc ... and loved the biscuits :) The only downside was when we first arrived, I walked along the corridor to the end bedroom and hadn't switched the light on. I didn't notice the step, went flying and hit the floor on my knees. I didn't notice anything about the step on the accommodation details (of course I may have missed it), so it would be worth making it a bit clearer if possible as if my elderly mother-in-law had walked down there first, the situation could have been a lot worse. It didn't spoil our break at all - just tender knees for a few days ;) - and we will definitely be coming back. Thank you very much and wishing you all a wonderful Christmas in the meantime. Sue

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

  • "Comfortable cottage although looks a little tired in places."

    Well equipped and lovely and warm with log burner. Easy to locate and centralised for our needs

    Reviewed by Lyn4.7Nov 2021

  • "Absolutely lovley cottage so comfortable everything you need, stunning surroundings lovley walks loved being there can’t wait to return ."

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had booked 4 cottages for all the family."

    All cottages very comfortable with everything you could possibly need. The games room was great for all the children of mixed ages to get together. They loved it.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Oct 2021

  • "Every room was so clean."

    We had everything we needed. Parents really enjoyed it. Well situated.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2021

  • "We all had a great time at the Old Stables, our first visit, but probably not the last!"

    Everything there that you would ever need, so clean and well cared for. Thanks for the milk, biscuits, tea, coffee etc., there for us. The family just loved the games room and used it most days they were with us. Lovely country surroundings, for walking, also near to Blandford for shopping.Also we visited Swanage on a lovely sunny day! Just so lovely there. R & M Kelleway & family.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had been last year so knew what to expect."

    Lovely spacious bungalow. Clean, well presented and perfect for a family and pet. The games room is also clean and well maintained and provided us with hours of fun.

    Reviewed by Denise And Glynn5.0Sep 2021

  • "A great base from which to explore Dorset’s coastline."

    The cottage was clean and well equipped for a superb family holiday.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Jul 2021

  • "The Stables was lovely - bigger than I originally expected."

    Quiet and peaceful and just a lovely area to be in! We really appreciated the flowers and cookies left for us! Would 100% go back!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Apr 2021

  • "The old stables was in a well positioned, quiet area with easy access to places."

    The accommodation was as described and had everything you needed to enjoy your stay. It was wonderful to relax around the log burner after a day out. I'd have no hesitation in returning to any one of the properties on offer here.

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Dec 2020

  • "Lovely clean well equipped cottage one of six surrounding a central lawn."

    Clearly been deep cleaned with strict Covid guidelines in place. Great area for walking the dog, there is a footpath immediately opposite that takes you through woods and fields. Good safe location with easy distance to the sea.

    Reviewed by Gillian Judith5.0Sep 2020

  • "We were very pleased with the spacious property and overall cleanliness."

    The guest information book was very helpful, and provided us with ideas and inspiration about where to visit and best beaches etc . As an observation for the owners, I would suggest upgrading the shower facilities in The Stables. I had to temporarily rig up the shower head in bathroom 1 as the holder grip was flimsy which meant the shower head kept falling out of its mounting when using the shower. The shower cubicle in bathroom 2 is too small for an average sized adult to shower without banging elbows and ability to move around to wash was a little awkward. The water pressure is great but the cubicle sliding doors kept shifting off their mounting and I kept having to refit them after I had showered. Apart from that, everything else was fantastic. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wonderful location with loads of great walks from the door."

    Great base to explore the stunning coastline and nearby towns in dorset

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Jul 2020

  • "It was exactly what we wanted."

    The fire was amazing to have also. Not that we needed it on as it was already toastie (we did use it though) Very clean. Instructions for appliances very easy to understand. The cake was a lovely touch. Sofa was really comfy as were the beds. Perfect weekend. And if it wasn't for wether, the picnic bench and outside area definetly would have been used. Fantastic weekend. Lovely place Thanks!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jan 2020

  • "Lovely clean and spacious cottage, great location, had everything we needed for a lovely Christmas break."

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable, and dog friendly."

    It was also well situated for exploring all of Dorset, with some lovely places to visit within easy reach. Suitable for all ages.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic place, everything you need was provided, even a lovely lemon drizzle cake which is our fav!"

    Great for dogs, nice fenced grassed area & the games room was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Sherralyn4.7Sep 2019

  • "We had a brilliant holiday it was really clean and the facilities were amazing everything you could need was supplied."

    It was a nice touch when we arrived because they supplied tea coffee milk and even a cake which was very welcoming after a five hour drive. We would definitely go back. Also it was bigger than we expected and we really enjoyed the games room at no extra cost

    Reviewed by Ann Marie4.7Aug 2019

  • "Old Stables is really lovely for a holiday - well equipped and furnished."

    The set up of several places around a grassed area works really well. The Games room is a real bonus. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Apr 2019

  • "The Old Stables was wonderful as ever."

    We have been coming back for the last 3 years because it is so quiet, comfortable and spacious. It is so great for the children and dogs having your own fenced patch of lawn and patio. The property is well maintained and very clean.

    Reviewed by Elinor5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is an excellent place to stay with a young family."

    The accommodation is all on one level, it contains a large and spacious living area with comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms. The games/play room is brilliant when the weather isn't great and the garden areas are also safe and secure. The location of the cottage is also useful for various activities. The Tank Museum, Monkey World and various beaches are all within close and easy reach. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Feb 2019

  • "Amazing place - just as described."

    All clean and functioning perfectly. The user’s handbook was really useful, except operating instructions for the hobb would have been brill but as we had easy access to the internet , instructions were easy to find on YouTube. The beds were so comfy and the cottage very cosy and we loved the wood burner. We used the games room too which was an added bonus. All in all a big thumbs up from us.

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0Dec 2018

  • "Great holiday cottage, extremely well equipped and to a very high standard."

    Spacious & comfortable. We would highly recommend it especially with the addition of the games room should the weather be unfavourable.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage, presented very well, and complimented by very good facilities and equipment."

    Can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2018

  • "A beautiful & quiet location with great walks for our dogs."

    The planted herb pot satisfied our culinary needs & the young people enjoyed the games room. Being all on one level was great for granddad. Everyone was happy-weather couldn’t have been better either. We bought the farm produced rapeseed oil, there was also meat had we wanted to buy it. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2018

  • "Had a very enjoyable week in a quality cottage."

    This area of Dorset is really charming and is yet another lovely part of our beautiful country. One minor point is that there could have been more sofas / arm chairs in the living room.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2018

  • "The Old Stables was a fabulous property with great attention to detail, from the local area ordnance survey map on the wall to the bag of dog treats."

    It was extremely well equipped and the location was beautiful. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Giselle5.0Jun 2018

  • "We would thoroughly recommend this set of barn conversions."

    This was our third visit and the second time of staying in The Old Stables. Lovely barn and lovely area.

    Reviewed by Maggi5.0Jun 2018

  • "Location, and the presentation of the place."

    good quality equipment throughout

    Reviewed by Clive5.0May 2018

  • "So dog friendly!"

    Fenced private garden for each cottage, Dog bowls provided and you can walk from the door up into the bluebell woods. We also enjoyed the games barn , climbed a local hill, visited the beach and walked to the local pub where dogs were treated like super stars! I know weekends away aren’t all about the dogs but this venue made it so easy to enjoy ourselves, relax and not have to worry about the dogs.

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Apr 2018

  • "It was lovely to arrive to a pint of milk in fridge and a cake so we could have a cuppa and cake after our journey ."

    .. the cottage was as we thought and was very home like .. the only thing we had to say is the table benches could of done with a cushion ..

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Apr 2018

  • "Had a fantastic time couldn’t have been better!"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Mar 2018

  • "Friendly and helpful staff at Sykes made this very easy."

    Property was better than expected but if I had one tiny comment to make it was that the hoover there was useless! As we had two dogs with us I wanted to leave the place immaculate but couldn't really do it with the hoover. (even on high power) Everything else was perfect though.

    Reviewed by Rae5.0Dec 2017

  • "This relates only to our stay at The Old Barn, Hedge End as we haven't stayed in any other Sykes Cottage"

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Nov 2017

  • "Very spacious , clean and well stocked property."

    So many little thoughtful extras provided.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.2Oct 2017

  • "There is only one way to describe my visit - Superb"

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2017

  • "Delightful property which is very well equipped."

    Reviewed by David4.6Jul 2017

  • "What a stunning cottage in a beautiful setting."

    The cottage was a little tricky to find (due to road diversions) but once we reached it, we found a stunning place, a hidden gem almost. We booked for our son's 18th Birthday as he is based in Blandford nearby and although it was a gruelling 5.5 hour journey from Nottinghamshire for us, the cottage made it all worth while. There were 5 of us and two dogs. The local area has some gorgeous dog walks and there is a lovely pub 10 minutes away called the Greyhound (highly recommend - stunning food). The cottage was part of two or three more cottages all surrounding a small courtyard. There was a fab games room there too for all to use. The ONLY negative about our whole stay was the time we had to vacate the property (10am). Is was far too early and put a little dampener on the morning of our son's birthday. 11am or mid-day would have been so much better to get organised.

    Reviewed by Mark4.6Nov 2016

  • "The property was maintained at a high level."

    Furniture, bedding and towels were if a high standard and really comfortable The setting was ideal and beautiful. We made use of the games room, which was impressive. I have stayed in other cottages and we had to take absolutely everything with us, but the owners seem to have thought if everything you might need. It was also really helpful to have drawers full of info on the local area and attractions of Dorset. There were games, books and DVDs also in the property. We will definately be returning. Thank you so much Sharon

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2016

  • "We're very grateful that the owner allowed us to bring 3 dogs."

    It was very relaxed and child friendly. This really helps as we don't want to be stressing about safety or things getting damaged for example hard floors in the main living area. The location is great and the accommodation had everything we could need while we're away.

    Reviewed by Elinor5.0Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Further fuel can be purchased from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Please note: a hand and bath towel will be provided for each bed space
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Covered bike storage
  • Enclosed, private garden with lawned area, patio and picnic bench
  • Shared front lawned area
  • Shared games room with pool table, table football and air hockey
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Dogs to be kept on a lead whilst on the premises due to nearby livestock

The property

A delightful, single-storey, mid-terrace Winterborne Stickland cottage in a charming farm courtyard development.

Open plan living area with woodburning stove.

Stylishly furnished and very well equipped throughout.

Private garden plus shared lawns and games room.

Please note: property has small step to bedroom area, wheelchair ramps available on request.

Note: This property is in a courtyard with Refs. 19285, 905895, 905896, 905897 and 905898, together they sleep 28.

Hedge End Farm Cottages

Winterborne Stickland 1 mile. A cluster of six impressive, imaginatively-converted, single-storey barn conversions, nestling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in an idyllic rural location a mile from the picturesque village of Winterborne Stickland, 4 miles from Blandford Forum. Grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard on the owner's 1350-acre working farm, these Winterborne Stickland cottages have been sympathetically converted to an extremely high standard, and where possible, feature many original oak beams and vaulted ceilings. Each of these Winterborne Stickland cottages has its own charm and character, all boasting cosy woodburning stoves, and most offering en-suite facilities. Outside each Winterborne Stickland cottage is a private garden area, as well as attractive shared lawns to the front, and use of a shared games room in one of the larger barns on site; a super place to have fun after your day out. With a variety of accommodation on offer at these Winterborne Stickland cottages, up to 28 people can enjoy the delights of this lovely rural location, from the glorious country walks across the nearby Bulbarrow Hill, one of Dorset’s highest points, to the stunning Jurassic Coast, an easy drive. These luxurious Winterborne Stickland cottages provide an excellent rural base from which to explore this stunning area.

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About the location


Blandford Forum 4 miles.

The attractive village of Winterborne Stickland is located beneath the majestic Dorset Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Winterborne Stickland is situated in the peaceful, chalk-streamed Winterbourne Valley, which boasts spectacular views from Bulbarrow, one of the highest points in Dorset. The centre of this charming village features several picturesque cob and thatch cottages including the 17th century inn, and a 13th century church, whilst the surrounding countryside offers wonderful rural walks. Just 3 miles away is the pretty village of Milton Abbas, with its beautiful Benedictine abbey and exquisite, whitewashed, thatched cottages, often featured on Dorset picture postcards. Tour the striking Georgian architecture, visit the fascinating Fashion Museum, or sample real ale at the local brewery at nearby Blandford Forum. Alternatively, explore the colourful market and array of shops, pubs and restaurants at Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester, or enjoy the delights of the scenic Jurassic Coast, both within easy driving distance. You are truly spoilt for choice at this wonderful location.

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