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The Old Stables

(Ref. 1051547)

Milton on Stour near Gillingham, Dorset Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was very well kept and we took two young children who had a lovely time staying there."

    The beds were all very comfortable, the kitchen was amazing, it was a real treat to stay there.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful property and place to stay."

    Very spacious comfortably enough room for our family of 6. Excellent stocked kitchen. Finishes to a high standard throughout. Very comfortable, lovely peaceful surroundings. Host contactable and obliging. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Old Stables a real home from home. Highly recommend.

    Thank you Abi. So pleased you and your family enjoyed Christmas in The Old Stable. HNY! Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage which (for us) is ideally located to visit grandchildren"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is a lovely comfortable property in a great location."

    Everything was perfect for my friend , myself and one dog. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to cater for yourself. Our only problem was with the underfloor heating , the controls are difficult , but it was sorted very quickly. My only slight niggle and I don’t see a reason , was no welcome pack. I’ve never been to a property with out something . The owner mentions in the info that she doesn’t even leave milk ( I dont understand why not). This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t stay again as it’s lovely but it could be perfect.

    Thank you for your feedback Karen. The reason I don’t leave fresh products is mainly because the changeover is always done on the day guests depart and then the property may be empty for a few days so any fresh product would then not be so fresh. I live too far away to pop back on the day of arrival and it’s not cost effective (or reliable) to ask cleaners to do this either. Also. There are so many milk alternatives for example and so there would potentially be a lot of waste. The nearest supermarket is only 1.5 miles away. And please do come again. KR. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karren4.4Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Old Stables."

    The house is great, very clean and comfortable. Location is good being within easy reach of lots of interesting places like Stourbridge. Would definitely recommend The Old Stables, and hope to return one day.

    Thank you so much. I’m very pleased you enjoyed your stay and yes please do return! Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Oct 2023

  • "We enjoyed our family stay at the old stables."

    It’s is a lovely home.

    Thank you. So pleased to hear this and I hope you return. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful holiday home."

    Disappointed that the garden wasn’t fenced especially as we had our dogs with us and there’s a main road nearby. Otherwise everything else was great. Was a bit hot at night in the main bedroom, it has an outside door that we couldn’t leave open over night for obvious reasons, the window was tucked away at the end of the room so I felt was a bit too hot during the night. Very spacious ideal for family.

    Pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and thanks for your feedback. It’s almost impossible to securely fence off the property without spoiling the views over the cricket pitch and its ‘openness’ (which is part of The Old Stables charm). There is a gate across the back of the property giving a secure space for dogs to stretch legs / enjoy some fresh air. I have now purchased a fan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Aug 2023

  • "A freshly renovated property which was clean and very fully equiped."

    I would and have recomended this poperty to others.

    Thank you Frazer and so glad to read your comments in the visitors book too. I’m glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and the area. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a great time at The Old Stables."

    Four adults and our cockapoo. Very spacious, open-plan living. Everything worked well (agree with others that the oven was a bit tricky, but The Chefs sorted it! Really quiet, yet so close to so many great places to visit - we went to Stonehenge, Stourhead NT, Longleat, Old Wardour Castle and Sherborne Castle - none more than 30 minutes away. We have an EV, so the charging was a must for us and worked like a treat. Waitrose is only about 5 minutes by car and was perfect for us.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. The ovens are rather modern and efficient aren’t they! I’m glad you enjoyed so many wonderful local places. Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Jul 2023

  • "Excellent property, spacious, modern and well equipped with everything a family needs for a very pleasant stay."

    Dogs welcome with extra towels for them should they require them. Ideally situated for visiting local areas with restaurants and pubs very welcoming with dogs. Highly recommended and a credit to Susie. Thank You. Phill & Jenny

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jul 2023

  • "Spacious property in great location."

    Nicely furnished and very comfortable. Lots to do in the local area, and further afield for the more adventurous. Local shops only 5 minutes drive away making self catering easy. Owner extremely helpful, both prior to the holiday and during our stay.

    Thank you for your feedback and I’m always pleased to hear guests enjoy their stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Jun 2023

  • "Everything about The Old Stables was just perfect."

    From the moment we arrived to when we sadly had to leave , was lovely. The house was very comfortable and well appointed.You are close to pup's, shops and restaurants . We really enjoyed are stay, and would highly recommend The Old Stables for your next get away.

    Thank you for your feedback and so pleased you enjoyed your stay! KR. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "Property was very clean,quiet, comfortable and plenty of plates , utensils etc in the kitchen."

    Heating system was excellent and responsive, however the operation of the cookers was confusing. Susie was an attentive host, helpful and informative. The property is highly recommended!

    Thank you! And I hope you return one day soon. KR. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2023

  • "Loved it. Spacious and has character."

    Clean and uncluttered. Wants for nothing. One of the best stays I've had in years ! Fantastic communication with owner throughout the stay. Only negative - no shops within easy walking distance.

    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay Neil. And thanks for your feed back. Actually it depends on your walking distance and shopping requirements I suppose? . ‘Neal’s’ Yard factory shop is only half a mile away! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2023

  • "It was the perfect place to stay lovely clean beds so comfortable."

    The place is beautiful every room is amazing. Beautiful furniture amazing shower beautiful bath. We had great days out in wells — Stourhead —Sherborne—& Bridport and we had a trip to Weymouth. It was always lovely to return to the comfort of the old Stables at the end of the day. We will go again in the future. Trina & Mike Swindon

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay Trina and Mike despite the constant rain that week. ! I think an arc would have been more appropriate! Sounds like you didn’t let that dampen your mood though and you packed in some great trips! Thank you so much for your feedback and I do hope you come again. Susie x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Petrina5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very enjoyable holiday in clean comfortable cottage"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2023

  • "I can't recommend highly enough the 'Old Stables' property."

    It's in a charming location and is a lovely combination of cottage style appearance with modern open plan living. It was an ideal place for a diverse family group to stay. Susie, the landlady, was very helpful and extremely well organised.

    I am so pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay Dave. Thank you for your feedback. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "One of the best rental homes we have experienced."

    The general location of North Dorset is very handy for visiting all sorts of Southern England tourist spots, only a 1h 45m drive from Heathrow. The specific location is fantastic, easy to find, quiet, lots of off road parking. A 5 minute drive to Waitrose/Asda (or a 30 minute walk). The facilities within the house are excellent, unbelievable kitchen & dining area, 3 huge comfy couches, great beds/bedding & showers, the interior has been upgraded to a high end fit & finish. Susie was extremely helpful & polite, there wasn’t anything we would change about our stay. Highly recommended!!

    Thank you. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to your return trip! Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jan 2023

  • "A really lovely cottage - comfy beds, brilliant bath and shower, comfy sofas."

    Everything you needed for your stay and more. Not huge amounts to do in the area for young children but we made it work and the games/ toys provided were a huge hit. Would recommend the cottage definitely.

    Thank you for your review. So pleased you and your young family enjoyed your stay. Susie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ginette4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great place for family to stay in a beautiful and unspoilt part of of the country."

    Property owner very helpful.

    Thank you so much Tony and pleased you enjoyed your stay. I hope you come again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Aug 2022

  • "A stunning and comfortable property."

    Lots of local walks to find and wonderful days out including local pubs. Will definitely be back

    Thank you so much and I look forward to welcoming you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Old Stables is a delightful home from home, with plenty to do in the surrounding area for people all ages (and dogs!"

    ). The thing that sets this property apart from others is the quality of finish. Aside from the kitchen (which is installed to a very high specification), all the soft furnishings in the living area are luxurious and the beds are all really comfortable. To get a Super King bed in a holiday let is a real treat. From Sky TV, Sonos sound system to the board games stashed away for families, all the extras that make staying away that but special have been thought of. The owner was also very communicative and helpful throughout our stay. Highly recommended

    Thank you so much and so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Old Stables was a perfect stay for a week."

    The accommodation is fantastic and the kitchen is very well stocked with all we needed. The sun loungers for the garden came in handy! We would definitely recommend staying here again, thanks you Susie

    Thank you so much Krissy. So pleased to hear you had a good holiday. I hope to welcome you, your family and dog back. And I’m so pleased to hear the weather held and the sun loungers got used. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Krissy5.0Jul 2022

  • "Vacation in The Old Stables In a nutshell: Spacious, new holiday home (2022) in a rural setting."

    Very good for dog lovers, very kind and friendly owner. Village of Gillingham with shops, vet and raw dog food sale is 5 minutes away. Easy access to Jurassic Coast and Bristol Channel. Highly recommended. Beautiful, new and spacious holiday home in a rural setting near Gillingham. The holiday home is an absolute highlight. We were two persons, but four or six people is no problem. The lovingly furnished, a mixture of new and old furniture (white chair painted with a butterfly, old box with a horse's heads), leaves nothing to be desired. The bathroom with shower and free-standing bathtub, three bedrooms, two of them quite large, one with a separate bathroom, three sofas in the living / dining area (Sky, WiFi), fully equipped kitchen with two ovens, large induction cooker, huge fridge/freezer with crushed ice machine... wow, we have never had such a comfortable holiday. On Wednesdays cricket was played on the lawn of Milton Manor, exciting, especially for us Germans :o). The contact with the landlady was absolutely friendly and nice. Very important: our dog was allowed to come along. The property is bordered on three sides by a wooden fence, but (as of today) is open to the cricket pitch. A boundary would be nice here, so dogs could move all around the property without a leash or observation. Raw food (BARF) sales, pet supply store and veterinarian in 5 minutes' reach (Gillingham). Surroundings: From the Bristol Channel to the Jurassic Coast, from "Gold Hill" to "Stourhead House and Garden", everything is easy to reach and worth a visit. Susi, thanks for the great home and a beautiful time! Carola, Arnd and Nala

    Reviewed by Carola5.0Jun 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with double sofa bed available in the same room, 1 x double with walk-in shower, basin, and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating
  • 2 x double electric ovens, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Sky, WiFi
  • Sonos Speakers which guests can play their favourite play lists on
  • Electric Car Charging (EV) point available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Front garden with patio, picnic bench, barbecue and 6 zero gravity sun loungers
  • NOTE: Flexibility around arrival and departure timing can be available upon request

The property

Set in the centre of Milton on Stour, near the market town of Gillingham, The Old Stables is ideally located for a break to North Dorset with amenities, popular places to visit and walking trails all within easy reach.

Originally built in 1800 as a stable block in the grounds of Milton Manor, The Old Stables was completely renovated during 2021 and is now an attractive, unique single-storey, detached, characterful property.

The property comfortably sleeps six guests (plus two more if you use the double sofa bed in the Kingsize bedroom) and has ample off-road private parking for up to four cars.

Enter the stone-fronted cottage, kick off your shoes, hang up your coat and let the holiday begin.

As you enter the open plan lounge, the exposed oak beams create a feeling of spaciousness and glamour whilst the three big comfortable sofas welcome you to relax.

The open plan living space has triple bi fold doors opening onto a large patio encouraging you outside for an alfresco morning coffee or perhaps an afternoon snooze on the zero gravity sun loungers.

The sleek, well equipped kitchen has a large American style fridge freezer, two split level ovens and an efficient induction Hob.

If you’re enticed to rustle up a meal, lay the dinning table and relax listening to your favourite music on the Sonos speaker.

The table easily seats six diners and there are two bar stools should you have a guest or two.

Just a stone's throw away you will find an abundance of shops, restaurants, and pubs easing your self-catering stay; The Dolphin Inn, The Phoenix and The Red Lion are all available for lunches, evening meals and drinks.

As the night unfolds, retreat to three stylish bedrooms, choose either the super-king, a double with an en-suite shower room, or a cosy twin bedded room, all offering a tranquil setting to unwind and refresh.

The Old Stables is completed with a contemporary bathroom, featuring a large walk-in shower, and a roll top bath, perfect after a long day of walking.

Gillingham Museum is also a short car journey away, hosting events and tours reflecting the town's heritage or, venture into the Cranborne Chase AONB, home to the remarkable National Trust site of Stourhead House and the Temple of Apollo.

Perhaps take a trip to Longleat, where you can enjoy the delights of The Safari Park, the Monkey Drive through, and explore the historic Longleat House.

Or the stunning surroundings of the National Cley Hill, Historic cities such as Bath and Salisbury are also all within easy reach.

And surely a visit to Dorset has to include a trip to the Jurassic Coast to see the famous Durdle door and enjoy the a day on the beach walking or swimming in the sea.

We hope you will enjoy the many hidden gems of Dorset by choosing The Old Stables as your home-from-home. This property has been shortlisted for a Gem award in Best in the South Coast England and Isle of Wight category 2023

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Shaftesbury 5 miles.

A small bustling North Dorset market town in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, well served by a good selection of local shops, inns, restaurants, and a direct rail link from London to the West Country. The town was immortalised by John Constable's famous painting of The Old Town Bridge, which now hangs in the Tate Gallery. The Blackmore Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is part of the Stour Valley, vividly depicted by Thomas Hardy in Tess of The D'Urbervilles, as 'Vale of the little dairies', with lush green countryside and a 'patchwork quilt' of fields. The area abounds with pretty rural walks and offers numerous National Trust properties and historic houses within a short drive, such as Stourhead, Longleat and Wilton, whilst the wonderful Dorset Heritage Coast is also an easy drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas