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The Old Stables

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Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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The Old Stables is a brilliant base for exploring the area. After a day out, retreat back here and enjoy the views.

In the quaint village of Leigh, just south of the picturesque abbey town of Sherborne in north west Dorset, this converted listed barn is set in an L-shape around a courtyard on one side and with lovely country views over Thomas Hardy’s famous Blackmoor Vale on the other. It offers an excellent holiday base to explore north west Dorset and south Somerset. it has been renovated to a high standard with exposed beams, is tastefully furnished, and has use of a communal games room with a snooker table, table football and darts. Though set on the edge of an organic farm (but in a non working part), the owner would be delighted to show guests around the farm, which is only a short walk away from the cottages. There is also a small flock of sheep and chickens in the cider orchard close by. There is superb country walking on the doorstep, a village shop within walking distance, golf nearby and water activities such as fishing, yachting, boating, sailing and canoeing at Halstock Reservoir. Within easy driving one can visit the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its prototype of Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its fascinating selection of vintage motor cars, and Montacute House and Gardens (one of the many historic houses in the area). To the north into south Somerset, spend days exploring Glastonbury with its famous and enchanting Tor, Wells cathedral city and Bishops Palace, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the Georgian City of Bath with its delightful Roman baths, Pump Room, museums and of course shops and restaurants. Travel south and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Bridport and Weymouth, all offer many attractions, sights and activities to enjoy, or more locally Sherborne Abbey and Castle (5 miles) and Dorchester market town (12 miles) are not too far. Shop 400 yards, pub 1 mile.

Large, beamed living room. Large, beamed, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), TV and tiled floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric convector heaters and NSH included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • Additional TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, furniture and countryside views
  • Barbecue table
  • Access to fields for dog walking
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Shared external games room with snooker table, table football and darts
  • No smoking

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/05/2017
    We stayed for the weekend of 12th May and took our elderly parents, who absolutely loved the bedroom upstairs with the ensuite, they could lay in bed and look out of the low cottage window and see wonderful views. The property was very welcoming and homely. It was spotless and very equipped. We were lucky to have good weather and it was lovely to sit out in the garden surrounded by beautiful views and walk down to the pond. We would recommend the Harvest Moon in Middlemarsh for something to eat, and we had the fish and chips from the mobile van in the next village. Very tasty but large portions. The landlord was a friendly chap and was approachable. Overall a lovely stay and would definitely come back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2017
    The property was lovely. Beautiful large family kitchen where we enjoyed our hearty breakfasts and a roast dinner. Wonderful views out the back and access right into the fields to enjoy the fresh air and walk the dog. Delightful and friendly owner. Would highly recommend and hope to return one day.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2017
    Fabulous cottage- beautifully renovated, clean and cosy. Great location with lots of things to do nearby and excellent value for money. Lovely owners and caretakers. We had a fantastic stay and would 100% recommend!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2017
    this was by far the best holiday weve had. the games room was a hit with my teenage son. the area is fantastic for dog walking. the owner came around an invited to take us for a tour of the farm....which we did. we saw a calf that had only been born a few hours previous to our arrival. it's not far from Weymouth, so we had a chilly walk on the beach too. there is a local chippy van that parks up on a Wednesday at leigh...and at the spar in Yetminster on a Friday n Saturday.....he is definitely worth a visit. lovely food.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2017
    The owner Chris is a real nice guy, we asked to see his farm and although busy he found time out of his day to take us. The Old stables location was everything we wanted, quiet with beautiful views and a lovely pub 1 mile away. It is also very central to surrounding attraction 1hr from longleat and 1hr from Poole. The cottage is warm and cosy and well maintained. The only negative is that while playing the obligatory game of hide and seek we found a dirty plate under the bed and some dirty clothes in the upstairs en-suite. we had also booked the cottage for a week so a midweek towel change would of been nice or a least a heated towel rail to dry them. Also in the Upstairs en-suite the shower had almost zero pressure, so unfortunately we had to take long hot soaks in the tub!!!! Although there were a few negatives overall the bedding was clean and we had the best stay, with a great Host. I would defiantly return to The Old Stables

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2016
    Just perfect for our Christmas break. Everything we could have wanted in the cottage. The owner is just fantastic and so helpful

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/11/2016
    What an amazing location. Beautiful property with everything you would need. I will definitely be coming back 😁

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/10/2016
    Great place - would stay again if needed to be in the area.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/10/2016
    It was a nice stay and the location of cottage is good. Landlord was very friendly. He gave us a tour of his work and was even flexible with the checkout time. Highly recommend this cottage

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/09/2016
    With far reaching views of open countryside this spacious well appointed cottage was perfect for our family get together.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2016
    Beautifully converted stables, a lovely big house to accommodate big groups. Everything was very comfortable. There are super views from the garden. We really enjoyed being shown around the farm by the owner. Would definitely recommend.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2016
    We've just come back from a very relaxing beach at The Old Stables. The house is lovely, plenty of seating for everyone, nice outdoor space and the kids (9 and 11) loved the games room! We also enjoyed the tour of the farm. The location is good, within easy reach of local amenities and less than 1 hour to some beautiful Dorset beaches and hot-spots. Highly recommend, good value and we're already talking about going back again.

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