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The Stables

(Ref. 1854)

Fifehead Neville near Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Clean, comfortable and spacious property in a beautiful rural location."

    The owners made us very welcome. Would definitely recommend for those wishing a break in the peaceful English countryside.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7May 2024

  • "Lovely rural location, great for getting away from the hubbub of daily life, plenty of walks and wildlife to see without even leaving the farm!"

    And it's a great base to explore the surrounding counties of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. David was a welcoming host and we were left to come and go as we pleased. The cottage was lovely and warm, the hot water is VERY HOT! Everything you need is here and local shops just up the road in Sturminster Newton. The outside area has plenty of parking and the enclosed garden is of good size for children/dogs to play and be safe in, our terrier loved it and couldn't get out as hard as he tried! Having said all this there were a couple of disappointments; the cleanliness - it could do with a thorough deep-clean rather than the flick-round it obviously gets between visits, there was an all pervading smell from the downstairs bathroom that didn't dissipate regardless of how much air freshener was used and the shower in there had black mould under the mat so didn't use it. The beds were probably comfortable when new but that was many years ago now and could do with some new mattresses especially the double bed that was beyond improvement even with putting the spare duvet under the fitted sheet. In summary: Great location and lovely area, facilities were ample but comfort and cleanliness disappointing. With a bit of a spruce-up this could be as great as it apparently was from reading the visitors book.

    Reviewed by Paul2.8Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, need to have all food etc with you as no shops within walking distance."

    Wonderful surrounding countryside. Welcoming owner, cottage next to owners house.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Mar 2024

  • "Delightful, comfortable, well-equipped cottage."

    Very quiet rural location with excellent wifi and car parking. Spacious, private outside area. Very friendly, genuine owner.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Mar 2024

  • "A very pleasant, quiet and comfortable cottage in which to enjoy a good get away from it all break."

    We did not travel very far afield but enjoyed the local countryside. It all suited us very well indeed.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a very enjoyable autumn fortnight."

    The cottage was very comfortable, well equipped and set in peaceful and pleasant surroundings. Just what we needed!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Well equipped cottage to recharge and relax after exploring Dorset."

    Peace and quiet and very friendly owners.

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Sep 2023

  • "A cosy, spacious and comfortable home-from-home in a tranquil country setting, and within reasonable driving distance of several stately homes and lovely gardens."

    The beautiful Dorset coastline is little more than an hour's drive away too - traffic permitting, of course!

    Reviewed by Moira3.8Sep 2023

  • "This wonderful little farm cottage was exactly what we needed to re energize."

    We had everything we needed and Dave the friendly farmer was literally next door if we needed him. Thoroughly enjoyed our week, thank you very much.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "Cottage layout practical, comfortable."

    Very rural and quiet; just how we like it. Wonderful location, beautiful views. Good parking. Owner very pleasant and welcoming. Secure garden. Didn’t want to leave.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very warm welcome by the owner, cottage is very comfortable, and very well equipped."

    The cottage is set on its own in a very quiet location of the farm. Stunning view and walks. I look forward to returning in the very near future. Ian from Maidstone

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Extremely nice property, clean and tidy with plenty of parking."

    Very quiet with lovely views and a nice patio area

    Reviewed by Aileen5.0Jun 2023

  • "I would not hesitate to recommend The Stables if you’re looking for a peaceful break in the beautiful Dorset countryside."

    Very comfortable and well equipped accommodation with fabulous views of the countryside on the doorstep. The owners are lovely folk and were a pleasure to meet. I can think of nothing negative to say!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "Thank you David and Winnie for a relaxing stay at The Stables."

    We enjoyed our chats and walking around the farm's fields.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Friendly owner next door."

    Lovely quiet area with morning birdsong. Beautiful countryside. The post code used in satnav took us straight to the driveway entrance. The cottage was equipped with everything you would need. Comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Apr 2023

  • "Well equipped cottage to explore Dorset from."

    Friendly helpful owners. Quiet and peaceful

    Reviewed by Ray4.7Nov 2022

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week at the cottage."

    The owner was very welcoming, being close at hand but left us to enjoy the space and surroundings. We explored the area thoroughly by car during the day knowing we had a comfortable base to return to cook a meal or treat ourselves to a local takeaway in the evening. The October weather was kind and the views from the cottage superb. We had a great break thank you.

    Reviewed by A4.4Oct 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottages."

    It was everything we wanted. The cottage is in a lovely position with easy access to many places to visit and surrounded by beautiful countryside, with great walks. The owner was very welcoming and helpful. We will be back in the future for another stay.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely stay, peaceful surroundings, lovely views."

    Very friendly host.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jul 2022

  • "Our two weeks at the Stables was extremely enjoyable and relaxing."

    The Stables is located in a very quiet area and is very well appointed and comfortable. It is well situated for touring Dorset and parts of Somerset. After a day of exploring it was great to come "home" to a comfortable place to relax. The owner is very friendly and helpful and we felt welcome. We were sorry when our time here came to an end. If we find ourselves in this area again we will certainly be staying here.

    Reviewed by Reginald5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really nice place to stay"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2022

  • "A delightful cottage in a great location with easy access to some very interesting points of interest."

    The host David was very helpful and made us feel like friends rather than customers. The property was very quiet but only a few minutes drive from a couple of good local pubs. Would certainly recommend and will visit again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in a quiet setting with lots of walks direct from the door."

    It is only a short drive to other facilities and places of interest and not too far from lovely beaches - weather permitting.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable week at The Stables."

    The weather was perfect and we managed to visit lots of lovely places. It was in a great location and we found the accommodation comfortable. Many thanks to the owners for providing outdoor toys for our toddler. It really made our holiday. The garden was perfect for him and our little dog. Our only recommendation would be to upgrade the washing machine and fridge as they seemed to be quite old. Also the cooker would benefit from a professional clean. I booked this property many months ago when we were not sure what the situation would be regarding Covid 19. I would never expect to pay as much for a holiday cottage but in the circumstances I really wanted to secure a much needed family holiday.

    Reviewed by Mary3.4Aug 2021

  • "Guest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 stars Excellent cottage in a lovely village and a beautiful country."

    Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Sylwia3.8Aug 2021

  • "A great place to stay and worked well for our party of four adults."

    We would have liked a few more kitchen utensils - no bread knife for example, however lovely location, fabulous views and friendly owners next door.

    Reviewed by Maxine4.4Jul 2021

  • "Lovely detached cottage on a quiet farm."

    Next to stables with horses but there was little noise from this. Good base for exploring nature reserves, walks, vineyards, the inland and coastal towns. Comfortable cottage well equipped - visitors need to be aware that they must bring things like washing up liquid, extra toilet rolls, cooking oil, soap and washing powder.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2021

  • "Friendly and helpful owners."

    Beautiful walks through the farm’s fields at the back. Comfortable and very clean, beautiful views and sunsets. In the evening you can watch bats flying in the garden. If you love horses there are stables right by the cottage where you can see the horses. So many lovely places to visit in Dorset, spoilt for choice.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and lovely hosts."

    Very comfortable. Quiet location and peaceful, but near enough to nearby towns and villages as we wanted.

    Reviewed by Warren5.0May 2021

  • "Extremely friendly and helpful owners."

    Good sized secure garden. Well equipped cottage. look forward to returning

    Reviewed by RAY5.0Oct 2020

  • "Nothing negative."

    The cottage is in a great location surrounded by lovely views and with a secure garden that is ideal for dogs. The owners were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful setting with welcoming hosts."

    Great area for our walking holiday with our dog. Lots of dog friendly little pubs too. Highly recommend location and accommodation.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Sep 2020

  • "Mr & Mrs Holloway are the nicest people you could wish to meet."

    Very kind and welcoming. The house was lovely, clean as a new pin and set in the most beautiful countryside. The views were incredible and we have never seen sunsets like the ones we experienced during our holiday. Even the lightning storm that came after the spell of very hot weather was spectacular. The peace and quiet was exactly what we needed, after being in London through the Covid lockdown. The house is a great base from which to explore, with the beautiful Dorset towns of Sherborne, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum and Yeovil all within easy reach. Our one gripe would be to have electric fans available for the bedrooms, as it was so hard to sleep during the hot spell.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Aug 2020

  • "Hosts were very accommodating and friendly."

    The cottage was very cosy with a lovely private garden. It was very central for visiting many lovely villages and national trust parks,

    Reviewed by G5.0Jul 2019

  • "Very comfortable and spacious cottage."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hosts were very welcoming and made us feel relaxed - thank you!. Hope to come again.

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2019

  • "This was our third visit to this comfortable cottage with it's wonderful views and sun sets."

    A secure garden for children and dogs and full of bird song. We saw deer on 2 mornings whilst walking our dog in the adjacent field. David and Winnie were as friendly and helpful as aleways.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, spacious and in a fabulous location."

    It was so peaceful and quiet! The owners were very helpful and friendly. Would definitely highly recommend this cottage to our friends and may return ourselves.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2019

  • "Fantastic!! The owners are nice, friendly and welcoming"

    . The cottage is really lovely and there is a lot to see and do in the area. The cottage even has a wash-dryer wich is not mentioned on the Sykes-site.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely rural location."

    A very comfortable homely cottage. David, and Winnie are very welcoming, altogether a brilliant holiday

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "Wonderful holiday at the stables."

    The garden was a delight. The property had all we need. The owners were very helpful advising us about the area. We would hope to return one day

    Reviewed by R5.0May 2018

  • "The owners were friendly and kind and the cottage was extremely comfortable - just a pity there wasn't a hairdryer provided!"

    Lovely horses in the next door stable. A great place from which to explore Dorset.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2018

  • "The holiday cottage was delightful."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful. Lovely peaceful location and very comfortably furnished.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Aug 2017

  • "Very friendly hosts, ready with helpful tips on where to go and where to eat."

    A lovely cottage with spectacular views and sunsets Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Colin4.6Jul 2017

  • "The cottage owners were very friendly and welcoming."

    We had many chats with David and Winnie during our week. The cottage was ideal, clean and situated on a farm. The garden was good for our dog with no chances for her to escape.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2017

  • "No the Owners are lovely people, and the Barn ticks all the box's to have a lovely relaxing holiday ."

    We cannot fault it in any way 10 out of 10

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Mar 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, video, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and videos
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request
  • Ample off-road parking for up to 6 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio, furniture, and swings for children aged 3-10 years
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 1.4 miles

The property

Hazelbury Bryan 1.8 miles.

Nestled amidst the owners’ 130-acres of wooded farmland in the rural hamlet of Fifehead, on the outskirts of the Dorset AONB, is this traditional barn conversion, The Stables.

Thoughtfully-decorated to a lovely standard and boasting exposed beams throughout, The Stables welcomes four guests and their four-legged friend to bask in an idyllic retreat in Dorset, all while enjoying the stunning views across the Blackmore Vale benefitting from beautiful sunrises and wonderful sunsets.

After unloading in the large off-road parking area, cross the threshold into your new home-from-home where a well-equipped kitchen/diner awaits; discover all the necessary appliances required to cook up a storm.

Settle down at the intimated dining table to delight in mealtimes as a family, reflecting on your favourite memories so far and planning for the days to come; alternatively step outside into an immaculately-kept garden where you enjoy an alfresco affair, and your children and pets can play safely next to a field of friendly horses.

When the sky grows dark, escape to a homely sitting room and curl up in front of the TV, ready for a movie night ahead of indulging a long soak or revitalising shower in either the ground-floor shower room or a spacious upstairs bathroom.

Retire to one of two charming bedrooms, housing a double or twin single beds in addition to plenty of storage to house your personal belongings.; drift off into a refreshing sleep before continuing your adventures.

Begin your morning with a relaxing stroll along numerous footpaths and bridleways that can be easily accessed from your doorstep, stop off at Hod Hill to admire imposing views over the River Stour or sample several pubs or restaurants that can be located close by to refuel.

Journey to the ancient town of Sherborne where you can spend the day touring the exhibits of Sherborne Museum, admiring the striking ruins of the 12th-century Sherborne Old Castle or delight in a picnic in Pageant Gardens; Yeovil is only a short drive away and is home to Yeovil Country Park, Ninesprings Park and Yeovil Railway Centre which offers atmospheric experiences and steam train rides.

Further afield is the market town of Dorchester, showcasing its Roman roads and array of shops, pubs, restaurants as well as Dorset Teddy Bear Museum and Max Gate, the former home of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.

Well-positioned to also explore the spectacular Dorset Heritage Coast, this is a holiday destination to savour, any time of year.

Whisk your family away on a tranquil getaway to Dorset, with The Stables as your homely base.

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About the location


Sherborne 10 miles; Yeovil 15 miles; Bournemouth 25 miles

A tranquil, rural village sat just outside of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hazelbury Bryan is a small, traditional village with thatched buildings, a parish church dating back prior to the 15th century and a popular pub that was built in 1750, it also boasts a Spar shop. In the village there is also a field with cricket and football facilities as well as a children's play area. Hazelbury Bryan proves itself to be a great base for exploring the outdoors with the Dorset and Cranborne Chase Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty easily accessible, offering great opportunities for walkers and cyclists with great views to accompany it. The village is rather secluded, with the nearest well-stocked town being Sherborne 10 miles away, it offers a good selection of shops and places to eat. If you fancy a trip to the coast, visit Bournemouth around 25 miles south, a delightful town with so much to see and do.

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