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The Stables

(Ref. 1078949)

Preston, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "This is the second time we have rented the cottage to stay near family in Preston."

    It is a first class cottage with very high standards of facilities and furnishings. We have had another wonderful stay, thank you so much we will book again hopeful next year when we are visiting from Australia.

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Sep 2023

  • "It is a beautiful converted stable."

    The kitchen is very good but so dark even with the under cupboard lighting. Very well stocked and excellent oven, hob, extractor. The cupboards above the worktop were impossible for me to use. I'm 5' 4" hubby was fine at 6' The beds are very low. We do have arthritic knees though. Otherwise the bedrooms were clean and comfortable. The shower in the ensuite was impossible to use unless we squeezed past the door. No one could actually stand in front of the mirrored cabinet because the toilet was in the way. The wardrobe space was excellent, and there are hangers. The main bathroom was brilliant. Shower was powerful. I think a stick on soap dish would be very helpful as some of us still use a bar of soap. A toilet roll holder would be good too. The bath is huge and we wondered with the slow hot water output it actually took to fill. We also emptied the Henry vacuum it was stuffed and stank. We managed to find a replacement bag. The TV needs a subscription for Netflix and Prime TV. The Internet is excellent. We loved the whole layout of the place. Reversing out of the steep driveway into a very busy road was difficult at times. I think a mirror would really help there and reversing in is better. We loved our stay though. Dorset is certainly very beautiful. We even had a thatched roof. We found wonderful restaurants and enjoyed every moment.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Aug 2023

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Very comfortable and clean. Perfect for sightseeing.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2023

  • "The Stables is a lovely thatched cottage, very attractively furnished."

    Good kitchen, well-equipped, and very comfortable bed. The location is great - frequent buses into Weymouth and to Portland. Despite being on a busy main road, the cottage is very quiet thanks to its thick stone walls. We felt that the cottage would have been perfect if the small garden had been better maintained - it was unkempt. The shower control (on/off) is very stiff and impossible to operate with wet hands.

    Thank you for your feedback and lovely comments about our cottage. We apologise for the garden at the time of your stay, we have since rectified this and do hope it will not put you off staying with us in the future. Best wishes, Mat and Laura. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Jul 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Stables."

    It is a lovely place to spend a week away from home. It was extremely clean and everything was provided that we needed. Plenty of towels and lovely bedding. The outdoor space was really pleasant to sit in. The outdoor furniture was also handy. We made use of the table tennis too. Although close to a busy road we never heard it from inside as the walls are so thick!! The local pubs were handy for an evening meal. All in all a really good stay.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, Wendy. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our lovely cottage and hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Mat and Laura. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable and clean."

    Ideal position for getting to the beach at Overcombe and Bowleaze also only a few minutes drive into Weymouth. Several eating places and interesting places to visit, Sea life and Sand world very near by.

    Thank you for you comments, Julie. We really appreciate your feedback and are glad you enjoyed exploring the local area from the cottage. We hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Laura and Mat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Clean, warm and with everything you could wish for as it was advertised. Good location for the town. All the user manuals were available except for the dishwasher but we worked it out. Will book again. Thank you. Just an odd question. We fell in love with the dining room table and chairs, where were they bought. Would love to get the same for our house.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We love the table and chairs too! The table is Ikea and chairs are from Woods Furniture in Dorchester. Best wishes, Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2023

  • "Staying: Family of Two Adults and one 5 year old."

    The Stables is a good base to explore the main attractions in Dorset. On our stay we visited: Overcombe Beach - great that this beach is within walking distance from the cottage. I would recommend taking some seashoes to protect your feet from the pebbles. Weymouth - seaside town with shops and a beach, it was very busy and parking was impossible when we drove in so I'd recommend going by bus or hire some bikes. Sandworld was great for our daughter and we enjoyed it too. Lodmoor Country Park has a play area and small train if you are visiting with children. Sutton Poyntz - beautiful little village with a nice pub The Springhead overlooking a pond. Durdles Door - Absolutely stunning place, definitely get there before 10am to get a good spot. Abbotsbury Swannery & Subtropical Gardens, you can buy a dual ticket which includes entry to both. Our daughter enjoyed the willow maze. We loved the gardens, we even saw a Hummingbird Hawk Moth! Nice on site cafe at the gardens too. West Bay- the reason why I've been wanting to visit Dorset since watching Broadchurch. It was a really nice beach with the huge cliffs in the background and harbour. Rise Cafe on the river was really nice. Swanage - Lovely seaside town, we watched the Punch and Judy show on the beach which we all loved. The Cottage: We loved the decor in the cottage, it feels modern but still in keeping with the cottage. Big TV with Netflix and Disney+ if you have subscriptions. Separate dining area is lovely and bright. The kitchen in the cottage has everything you need to cook at home if you wanted. Good knives and glasses! We liked that children's cutlery, cups and bowls were . Like the other reviews, If a sliding door could be put on the ensuite like you have in the games room that would be ideal as you can't really use the toilet. The main switch in the kitchen didn't seem to work but we could switch on the undercupboard lights. The games room was an added bonus and our daughter loved playing with the kitchen. Maybe a refresh on the toys as some of the pieces were missing. We really loved the courtyard garden, but a lot of the plants in the garden seemed to be dying, probably due to the hot weather? These little niggles didn't effect our stay and we would recommend this cottage for anyone looking to explore Dorset. We loved Dorset, wish we'd have booked 2 weeks to see more! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Jessica3.8Aug 2022

  • "Had a lovely week spent at The Stables."

    Very quiet even though it’s on the main road. Easy walk to the beach. Very relaxing, didn’t want to come home

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jul 2022

  • "Rented this wonderful property for my Son and Family over from Australia for a visit."

    It is a short walk from our bungalow and gave them all a great base to stay and be near family while enjoying Weymouth. Lovely cottage with great facilities I will certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Jul 2022

  • "All great only idea to mention some steps getting in and a few internal that all ..."

    All great only idea to mention some steps getting in and a few internal that all sorry lots of toys kids nice to perhaps get some astroturf kids love it and saves cutting grass looks good on eye lovely place thougood luck hope to come again soon

    Hi Peter, thank you for your feedback. We’re glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back at The Stables soon. Cheers, Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property; comfortable and clean."

    Kids enjoyed the play room. Great location for visiting Weymouth (town centre is down the road), Durdle Door and Portland Bill.

    Hi Kelly, thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully see you back at The Stables soon. Cheers Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0May 2022

  • "There was a very damp smell on arrival but restricted to the hall and first bedroom, which we didn't use."

    The cottage was very cold at night as the heating appeared to be on a timer so the radiators turned off at night. Otherwise, the cottage was a delight especially the games room (which we didn't actually use).

    Hi Adrian, thank you for your feedback. Always good to know ways that we can improve our guests experience in our lovely cottage. For future reference, there are instructions for the heating in our welcome pack and 24 hour phone assistance should you need it. We are glad you thought the cottage was a delight and hope you to see you here again soon. Cheers Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian3.8May 2022

  • "Property is well positioned for easy access to beach or travel to other areas."

    Property is quiet despite being near to a busy road. Accommodation is in lovely condition, with all aspects appearing to be new. Bathrooms and kitchen are excellent condition. The whole place is beautifully appointed and comfortable. My 10 year really enjoyed the games room, insisting on playing table tennis every day. Honestly, could really fault the property. Have a suggestion to the owners, fit a sliding door to the ensuite bathroom for additional privacy - we didn't use this bathroom as it felt strange having no door on the facility.

    Hi Stephen, thank you so much for the brilliant feedback on our cottage. We really appreciate you taking the time to write this. We love the table tennis too! We hope to see you again at The Stables soon! Cheers Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a peaceful and relaxing break at The Stables, the property was extremely clean and had all the facilities we needed for our short break."

    It was especially nice to be able to leave the car at home and walk into Weymouth which we did on more than one occasion The Stables is definitely somewhere we would go back to

    Hi Suzanne, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We are so pleased that you had a nice stay. We hope to see you again at The Stables soon! Cheers Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Apr 2022

  • "A very clean and comfortable cottage."

    Not far to walk to Weymouth and nice local pubs. Thank you

    Hi Dorothy, thank you so much for the positive feedback. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope you can make it back to The Stables soon! Cheers Laura and Mat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.7Apr 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC,1 x double
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room/sun room
  • Sitting room
  • External games room
  • Central heating
  • Oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Hairdryer, ironing board and iron
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels rent
  • Coffee machine (nespresso pods needed)
  • Ample off road parking for 1 car with additional street parking nearby
  • Rear garden with patio, lawn, office building with games room and storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: The woodburner is not available to use due to the cottages' thatched roof

The property

Perched on the outskirts of the seaside village of Preston in Dorset, is this two-bedroom thatched roof stable conversion, The Stables.

Enjoying a fantastic location with easy access to the Dorset AONB and a good selection of beautiful beaches, The Stables is a fabulous dwelling for couples or a family of four who are looking for a truly unique getaway to Dorset.

Step into the property, where on your left you will find a well-presented double bedroom, served by a gleaming bathroom with a gorgeous freestanding bath, ideal for those long, relaxing soaks after a day of exploring.

Continue on to find a well-appointed king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room, perfect for beating those morning queues!

Look forward to rustling up hearty meals in the well-equipped kitchen, featuring a washing machine and hatch through to the sitting room so you can continue the conversation as you cook.

Savour a delicious meal at the dining table in a light-filled room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden.

End the day the right way by gathering your loved ones into the contemporary sitting room to enjoy a family favourite on the TV.

Completing the property is a handy garden building, with games room and storage for paddle boards and bikes.

Take advantage of your superb location, where just a stone’s throw away, you will find the welcoming Bridge Inn and Spice Ship for when you don’t feel like cooking, well-stocked convenience stores, and the Chalbury Food & Wine shop for picking up your favourite bottle.

Wildlife enthusiasts are well-catered for with the nearby RSPB Lodmoor, whilst budding historians can wander up to the fascinating Jordan Hill Roman Temple.

The stunning Bowleaze Cove rests nearby and makes for a fabulous bathing and swimming spot, followed by a trip to the fun-fille Fantasy Island Amusement Park.

Venture over into the vibrant town of Weymouth, where you will discover the historic delights of the Victorian Note Fort and the grand Sandsfoot Castle, the thriving seafront with its Pleasure Pier, Escape Dungeons, SEA LIFE Centre and Alexandra Gardens and the expansive RSPB Radipole Lake.

Portland and Castletown rest nearby where you can make a stop at Portland Castle, visit the sweet animals at Fancy's Farm or follow the South West Coast Path for the sights of Pulpit Rock, Blacknor Fort and George’s Point.

There is so much fun to be had with a stay at The Stables.

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About the location


Weymouth 1 mile.

Preston is a small seaside village offering a selection of shops and fine pubs, and is ideally located within one mile of the popular beach resort of Weymouth. With glorious golden beaches, excellent watersports facilities and a bustling harbour, Weymouth has something for everyone. Take a short drive to the rugged isle of Portland, linked to the mainland by Chesil Beach with its National Sailing Academy, part of the breathtaking World Heritage Coastline. Visit historic Dorchester, with its Roman roads, interesting museums and remains of its ancient fortress, Maiden Castle. Take a journey along the scenic coastal roads and call in at Abbotsburys, swannery and subtropical gardens, or discover Thomas Hardy's 'Casterbridge', just 7 miles away. With the attractions of Monkey World and the Jurassic Coast within easy reach, this is an excellent location for a fun packed holiday!

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