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Sturminster Newton, Dorset (Ref. 923041)



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18 Customer Reviews

  • "This accommodation was just perfect."

    Everything about this home is conducive to an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. We particularly enjoyed the lovely glass doors which allowed us to feel immersed in the countryside whilst comfortable in the home. The barn is well equipped, extremely comfortable and beautifully decorated.

    Thank you Rina. We're so glad you had a comfortable stay at Cointree and could enjoy some winter sunshine through those glass doors in the last few days! Property Owner

    Reviewed by RinaJan 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cointree over New Year 2021/22 and highly recommend staying here."

    We were met by host Richard and enjoyed the welcome basket containing delicious gingernut biscuits and drinks and the pretty christmas tree and party poppers (all set for New Years). The barn was as described. Cosy, warm, modern and well equipped with extremely comfy beds. Cointree's location is great for day trips to local attractions. We visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Corfe Castle/Swanage and the Haynes Motor Museum and Stonehenge on our way home. We also enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch at local pub, The Fiddleford Inn.

    Thank you Lee, so glad you had a great time here and enjoyed the local attractions. Best wishes for the new year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeeDec 2021

  • "Cointree is a wonderful place to stay."

    It’s comfortable, cosy yet modern and totally equipped for any catering needs. With a great outlook from the balcony, extremely comfortable beds, fantastic bathroom, it’s everything you need from a barn/cottage. We’ve had a wonderful stay, thanks so much Tracy.

    Thank you for your kind feedback Gemma. Very best wishes to you and your Dad. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GemmaDec 2021

  • "We were warmly welcomed and shown round then left in peace."

    Lovely comfortable bed so slept well. The kitchen is well equipped and great to use. Sitting area nicely furnished with cosy settees. Great balcony area with a good view. Highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by LouiseDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage well equipped , warm and very comfortable."

    Tracy welcomed us and ensured we had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by GillianNov 2021

  • "A very well equipped property and a very comfortable stay."

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2021

  • "What a beautiful place to stay!"

    And so, so well equipped - the kitchen has everything you need, which is brilliant. The beds are super comfy, and the shower a total treat. Modern, comfortable, a perfect place to get away for a week. Owners were very welcoming and friendly, and the homemade Dorset Apple Cake in the welcome package was absolutely lush! Thanks for the perfect getaway, can highly recommend 10/10

    Reviewed by SharronNov 2021

  • "Had a fantastic time at cointree ..."

    Had a fantastic time at cointree Fabulous hosts The place was emasculate with fantastic decor and everything you would possibly need We will definitely be booking Highly recommended

    Reviewed by TerryNov 2021

  • "Thank you for a lovely weekend stay at Cointree."

    Everything was as listed and expected from your website. The owners were very friendly, helpful, and attentive. The weather was good enough for a great autumn visit to Stourhead. We also had wonderful massages at the health centre across the courtyard. The therapist was knowledgeable and professional. Thank you.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2021

  • "The property was lovely, clean and very comfortable."

    The owners are lovely. Would definatly recommend.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "Cointree is a great place to stay."

    It is comfortable, clean and warm. The owners were warm and welcoming and they left a great welcome pack. A great base for walking and cycling from, we hardly used the car. I would definitely recommend a stay at Cointree, we are certainly considering a return visit.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "Our hosts Richard and Tracy, we’re great in every way ,the loft has every think you could want when away."

    The pots, pans and all the fixtures and fittings are all top quality. We have stayed in some places I would not want to stay in again but not at cointree every thing is top class lovely big beds, 2 nice settees a large tv and a very large shower which was lovely and hot. My husband and I would not hesitate in going back to such a lovely place, Our two dogs liked it also,next to the property runs a lane were you can take your dogs. Overall a wonderful place. Many thanks Richard and Tracy Elaine and Desmond Leeds

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2021

  • "Our hosts were genial, and very informative when asked for advice."

    It's a great base for exploring the area and lovely and quiet when the relax. The welcome pack was really thoughtful and the homemade Dorset apple cake was delicious. We really enjoyed our week and there was plenty to see not.too far away so we didn't need to use all out fuel!!

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2021

  • "Firstly and mainly I would like to thank our amazing hosts who were so friendly and accommodating your advice was greatly appreciated on dog walks and places to visit."

    Cointree is a beautiful property very comfortable and extremely well maintained and genuinely everything you could ever need supplied, well the donkeys they were an added bonus. Sturminster Newton is a lovely little town within 15 mins max walking distance with a several shops and 3 extremely friendly pubs who serve food. Reception can be hit and miss at property (so switch on Wi-fi calling) before calling the Indian restaurant Mumbai bay does telephone deliveries. As mentioned on other reviews there is a motor bike training centre below but we found the noise/disruption extremely minor but then again we are early risers. Would I visit Cointree again? Most definitely it is a superb location to base yourself to visit Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Weymouth & Durdle door all within an hours drive and there is nothing better than coming back after a hard day exploring to the beautiful Cointree to relax on the balcony with a glass of wine and enjoy the scenery and of course the donkeys

    Reviewed by AudreySep 2021

  • "What more can we say!"

    Cointree had everything that we required to enjoy a well deserved relaxing holiday. We were surprised by the size of the property! The balcony was extremely inviting on the sunny days to sit out and read and at night to lay back and watch the shooting stars. The new mattress which turned up a couple of days into our stay, is so deep and comfortable, although i didn't think there was anything wrong with the mattress which it was exchanged for. Yes it was hot at night, but it would have been hot in any household when we were there. Fans were on hand to help with this and they were quieter than the ones we have at home. There was a comment about the fuel smell from the business below in the mornings and the noise from the door at 8am. When we read this just prior to leaving our home in Cornwall we was expecting to experience this. All i can say is..... We didn't!! Thankyou so much Richard and Tracy for such a lovely stay and sharing your property with the people who want to explore/visit Dorset. A big thankyou to the whole family! We hope to be back sometime.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at lovely Cointree, It was perfect."

    Anyone who finds fault with any aspect of it needs to get a life, stay at home, & leave those of us who love it more chance of getting a lovely holiday in Cointree. The bed was low as one hard to please reviewer moaned about, but we are two 70 year olds & had no problems with it, in fact it was very comfortable. It is above a motor bike storage garage, but the whole time we were at Cointree we smelt no petrol & heard very little sound. When people complain of fluff from the new towels making a mess, I just wondered if some make a career of moaning!! We had a lovely warm welcome from Tracy & a lovely welcome pack of goodies. I think the donkeys will miss their daily treat's of carrots & cucumber!! (Cut into pieces) Their antic's were so funny to watch from the magnificent balcony. This is a modern, warm, cosy & bright accommodation, & we loved it. It's an easy walk into Sturminster Newton, & you can cut the corner off & go through the old Mill grounds, along the bank of the Stour, across the recreation ground & into town. There are some lovely places to visit, & some great walks to have. We loved it & hope to return soon. Mike & Linda

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay, loved the balcony and sitting watching the donkeys!"

    ! Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "The accommodation was lovely, although it was very hot inside."

    The king size bed at the back of the property was really low and soft, with a really thick winter duvet which made it too uncomfortable to sleep in as it was so hot. We decided to sleep in the room at the front which had 2 single beds. They were more comfortable but still had winter duvets on which were too hot for the time of year. We also had to sleep with the window shut as the noise from the A road was disturbing us, the traffic is constant at 60mph. We took our 2 dogs with us and found that the balcony was open so they could have escaped down the stairs and ran into the road. The owner put some board there for us so this was ok. We did miss having a garden for them as before bed we had to take them out and walk along the grass verge in complete darkness on the A road. A major point to mention was the overwhelming smell of petrol all the time in the property. A motorcycle training business is run from underneath the property and at 8am every day we were woken up from the door opening and the bikes being moved outside . If we left the windows and doors open we found the smell of petrol eased a bit but it was always present. The towels provided were new and because they hadn’t been washed they were not absorbent and left bits of red fluff everywhere. The remote for the tv stopped working so we knocked at the owners home but they were out, so we had to go and buy some ourselves. The area itself is lovely, with a short walk into the town centre. We went to a lovely pub called The White Hart, lovely and friendly with great food. There is a Coop store in the little town centre that is handy . The Bull Tavern pub was near to us too and was great. Plenty of nice fields to walk the dogs in. Went to Durdle Door, Dorchester, Lyme Regis , Shaftesbury and Cerne Abbas. Overall had a lovely time, good base to stay and travel around Dorset. Would be better to stay here if you didn’t have dogs.

    Thank you for taking the time to review our new holiday accommodation. Your feedback is appreciated and has very much been taken on board. We are glad you liked the accommodation, area and dog walking. It is such a shame, however, you did not contact us at the time to sort the issues you had, the majority of which could have been sorted straight away. We encourage our guests to contact us via the phone numbers provided if we are not at home and read the welcome pack which suggests dog walks where you only need to cross the road not walk along it! The windows and doors have had heat resistant film applied and a gate for the balcony, a new double bed and cooler bedding are imminent!” Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2021

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The property

Tucked away in a rural location on the outskirts of the charming market town of Sturminster Newton rests this contemporary first-floor barn conversion, Cointree.

Boasting remarkable views over the breath-taking countryside, Cointree is an idyllic base for an escape to Dorset.

Accessed via a private road, a sought-after driveway greets you at the foot of this lovely dwelling, leading you up an external staircase and into an open-plan living space, fabulously appointed with a contemporary yet traditional interior, decorated with exposed wooden beams and flooded with light welcomed in through the elegant apex window.

Kick off your shoes and unwind with a leisurely seat on the sumptuous sofa, tuning into the television as you relax following an action-packed day whilst the designated chef cooks up a storm in the amply equipped kitchen tucked away in the corner of the sociable space.

Gather your loved ones around the dining table to serve your culinary delights, planning your thrilling holiday itinerary over a refreshing glass of wine, or if you're lucky enough to experience the warmer weather, step outside through the stylish bifold doors and indulge on the south-facing balcony; a lovely spot to soak in the evening sun enveloped in the tranquil setting of the surrounding greenery.

As the evening grows darker, prepare for bed with an invigorating rinse in the spacious walk-in shower before retiring to one of the two bedrooms to rest your head, with the choice between a snug twin room and a charming king-size room, benefiting from access to the balcony so you can enjoy a steaming cup of coffee as you soak in the magnificent views across the treetops towards the River Divelish in the morning.

There's plenty of quiet country lanes and open fields available from your doorstep, perfect for keeping your four-legged friends active and entertained; soak in the scenic views with a leisurely stroll along the banks of the River Stour.

Get better acquainted with your surroundings and head into the heart of Sturminster Newton where you'll find a selection of eateries serving delicious baked goods and traditional pub grub, or if you'd prefer visit the well-stocked convenience store to pick up some last-minute ingredients to prepare a hearty meal from the comfort of your holiday home.

Sturminster Newton hosts a Cheese Festival in September, whilst throughout the year you can catch a live show at The Exchange Theatre.

The town was once home to the author Thomas Hardy who wrote "Return of The Native" based on local inspiration, whilst close friend and poet, William Barnes, also lived in the area.

Within easy reach is the quaint market town of Shaftesbury, home to the steep cobbled street of Gold Hill, described as "one of the most romantic sights in England" due to the delightful thatched cottages that decorate the street; marvel at the striking architecture of the abbey, founded by King Alfred the Great in AD888, or discover the fascinating exhibitions of local history on display at Gold Hill Museum.

Venture further afield to the dramatic Dorset coastline and spend a fun-filled day in Weymouth, basking in the suns rays from the beautiful golden sand that lines the seafront, dipping your toes in the tranquil waters, or if that's not your thing, head to Poole's Centre for the Arts, or watch the boats sail into the marina as you indulge in an ice cream at Poole Quay.

Discover the delights of both the coast and country of this beautiful county with a stay at Cointree.


  • First-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with balcony, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super-king-size on request)
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with balcony
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV with Netflix, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Decked balcony with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: Check-in is from 16:30pm, check-out by 11am
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250
  • Note: Property is owned by Motorcycle Trainer, Richard who can give tips for best scenic routes in the area and Tracy who runs a Health Centre on site which offers McTimoney Chiropractic, Massage and Complementary therapies all of which are available with prior booking on

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Blandford Forum 11 miles.

The small, attractive market town of Sturminster Newton is set on the banks of the River Stour, reached via a graceful, six-arch, 15th century bridge, carrying a warning of deportation to those who may damage it! The whole area acted as inspiration for the works of Thomas Hardy, who wrote Return of The Native whilst living in the town. The region is dotted with thatched cottages, rural walks, stunning country views, and fascinating towns, such as Sherborne, with its abbey and castle, whilst the beautiful Dorset Heritage Coast is also within easy reach, making this an ideal base all year round!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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