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The Old Stable

The Old Stable, Sherborne, Dorset

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Sleeps a maximum of: 3

Pricing From: £306.00

This charming, 19th century stable conversion in Sherborne, Dorset can sleep up to three people in two bedrooms.

The Old Stable is a delightful 19th century stable conversion, tucked away behind the owner’s coach house. Mostly set over the ground floor, the cottage can sleep up to three people in a mezzanine double bedroom, a ground floor single room and a shower room. There is also an open plan living area with a kitchen, a dining area and a comfortable sitting area.

Stable doors lead to a raised, private patio with furniture. Outside you will also find off road parking for one car in a garage. The Old Stable is a wonderful base for small families or couples wishing to explore the wonders of Dorset.


Absolute Rip Off
When we arrived we had trouble wondering if we could park the car, then guessing if we were in the right place or not. It was like clockwork orange trying to find the key box on the wall... We got in to the building and couldn?t believe how small it was. The table still had ring and glass stains on it. We had to fix the toilet seat. In no way were we made to feel welcome. It was cold, expensive and not dog friendly at all. I do not recommend this to anybody.

Mind the Steps!
Nice, private location at the back of owner's cottage. If you're looking for somewhere quiet the Old Stable makes good sense. That said, we felt that the accommodation was rather cramped (two adults and a Labrador), especially for a 7 night stay. The two main problems for us were the flight of 6 stone steps up to the cottage. On our arrival I slipped up on them and hurt my arm - this was because they were carpeted with wet leaves. The other issue was the WiFi - the connection was so poor that we simply had to give up. Sorry to say that we will not be returning to the Old Stable. If however you're the type of traveller who prefers their own company this may be for you but we certainly wouldn't recommend it for small families or those with mobility issues
richard u

Great location but poor quality
The Old Stables is well located for Sherborne town itself, shops and supermarkets, and also close to the Old Castle and New Castle, with plenty of walking space as well, particularly convenient if you have a dog, as we did. It was well heated and private, something we count on. However, we have been to many holiday cottages over the years and, although The Old Stables has sufficient to put you up for a week, we were very disappointed in the general standard and condition of it. If you have any mobility problems then this is not the cottage for you. It is accessed up steep stone steps and the main bedroom is situated in the loft space of the property, requiring a slow climb up very steep stairs. This is not a place for those experiencing hip or knee problems. The cottage is 'dog friendly', which means you can expect that the cottage will be suitable to bring your pet. If you are in a strange house, your beloved pet will no doubt want to spend the night time with you, but if they like to 'roam' this could be dangerous, as the steps to the bedroom have big gaps that a pet could easily slip through. Similarly the bedroom has a 10 foot drop to the concrete floor of the lounge at one end, which is wide open. The condition of the cottage overall was quite poor, it is in need of a good coat of paint and a deep clean. You shouldn't have to clean the plates, cutlery and even the grill (it had fat/cheese on it) before you can use them. The single couch had the remains of crumbs of food and also (animal?) hair on the cushions, easily fixed if cleaned properly. Similarly, the bathroom was dirty, whoever cleans the property needs a word in their ear. The property is also listed as having WiFi, and when away on holiday arguably this shouldn't be an issue, but this is supplied from the owner's property and is virtually non-existent. One bar if you stand over by the garden and this drops out constantly. If listing WiFi, this should be sufficient in this day and age to use it with confidence and consistency. The Old Stables needs its own dedicated router, something that should come as standard if the property is advertised as having an Internet connection. In summary, great location with sufficient to keep you going for a week. But if you are a stickler for cleanliness and ease of use, this isn't the cottage for you.

Privacy was good and it was a compact but good size for me and my two boys.
Miss Dymott

Was a lovely little place, had a very chilled and relaxed week.
Mr Newman



Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Televsion Television
WiFi WiFi


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Double Beds


Electric storage radiators and wall-mounted convector heaters
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off road parking for 1 car in garage
Front private patio with furniture
One well-behaved dog welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop and pub 10 mins walk
Note: Unfenced pond next to patio, children and pets to be supervised
Note: Mezzanine bedroom has restricted head height and steep, open tread staircase, may not be suitable for the less mobile
Note: Cottage accessed via the owner's patio area with 6 stone steps from parking to patio and front door
Please note: The patio is uneven and care must be taken

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Sherborne Old Castle - 0.1 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Sherborne Abbey Church - 0.3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Sherborne Castle - 0.3 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Oborne, St Cuthbert's Church - 1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

South Cadbury Castle - 5.2 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Stock Gaylard House - 5.6 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Stock Gaylard, St Barnabas Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Maperton, St Peter & St Paul Church - 6.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Stockwood, St Edwold Church - 6.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Haynes Motor Museum - 6.9 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

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