Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast is close to this comfortably furnished, single-storey, spacious cottage. Set within the grounds of the Owner's home, The Stables is self-contained with its own extremely private garden, which is a gardener's delight – secluded, west-facing and with wonderful flowers, shrubs and trees dividing the lawned areas. An entrance hall gives access to the en suite bedroom and the comfortable, roomy sitting-room which has French windows out to the garden. Two steps, a slope and low lintel (please take care) separate the sitting-room from the kitchen/diner. Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy's rural Dorset, between Dorchester and the Saxon town of Wareham, this cottage is within easy reach of Lulworth Cove and the beaches of Studland and Weymouth.
The Jurassic Coast covers the whole stretch of the coastline from Studland to Lyme Regis and, apart from the breathtaking scenery, there is a wonderful choice of sandy beaches, rocky coves, clifftop walks and woodland strolls. The Purbeck peninsula takes in: Studland, where there are miles of sandy beaches and shallow waters, with a backdrop of pine woods and heathland surrounding the eastern fringes of Poole Harbour; Swanage, a traditional seaside town; and then the dramatic rock formations of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door as you head to the west. It is easy to find unspoilt villages off the beaten track, such as Worth Matravers, with its little rocky beach at Windspit, and Kingston Matravers, with views down to Corfe Castle. Inland Dorset has just as much to offer, for example: Maiden Castle just outside Dorchester, one of the region's largest iron age fortresses; Thomas Hardy’s cottage and Cloud’s Hill, Lawrence of Arabia’s Dorset home (both National Trust). However, despite all this nearby, The Stables is also just the sort of property where you might decide to stay put and relax.
Bedroom with double bed and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player, CD player and wood-burner effect electric stove
Kitchen/Diner with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
*A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- 4 electric thermostatic radiators
The Stables offers plenty of level parking, surrounded by beautiful gardens, the owner's house is to the left.
The spacious sitting-room has French windows which open onto a lovely private patio.
The south-facing garden is the perfect place for al fresco dining, or just relaxing with a good book.
The bright kitchen with dining-area has plenty of space.
The double bedroom has an en suite shower-room.
The well-equipped kitchen has all that you could need to create a culinary masterpiece.
The spacious en suite shower-room has a large walk-in shower.
The sitting-room is light and airy.
A useful planning tool to help you get your bearings when exploring Dorset.
Another view, the fabulous south-facing garden sits behind The Stables.
The very private garden is huge and beautifully kept.
The garden has some very attractive shrubs.
The lovely natural harbour at Lulworth Cove.
Looking west along the coast from Durdle Door. The Isle of Portland is visible in the distance.
Spectacular Corfe Castle in the National Trust village of Corfe is a lovely day out.
Hardy's Cottage nearby - photo kindly taken by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team.
The Quay at Wareham, an historic Saxon town very nearby
A view of Poole Harbour. You can catch the ferry across from Studland.
Brave the coastal path to Durdle Door - over the brow of the hill the stunning view of this famous Dorset landmark will be well worth the effort.
Dramatic Man O'War Bay, halfway between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.