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 spacious en suite shower-room has a large walk-in shower.
Lovely character in this property.
The  sitting-room is light and airy.
A useful planning tool to help you get your bearings when exploring Dorset.
The well-equipped kitchen has all that you could need to create a culinary masterpiece.
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.
Weymouth marina.
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.

The Stables


6 miles E of Dorchester / Sleeps 2 + cot*

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This is our second visit in 12 months to the Stables. It is the best of all the cottages we have used over the past 13 years for quality and location. Hosts are friendly and helpful but discrete. Recommend to anyone who wants peace,lovely garden to relax and central for lots of varied viits.s

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This is a very spacious and well equipped property. Very high standard of furnishings and comprehensive local information in the property. Situated in a delightful garden, it offers a very peaceful setting for exploring the many beaches in this part of Dorset.

Another lovely cottage in a quiet, peaceful location. Visited this one before and we would love to return. We so enjoyed our stay.

Great place information with the stables on places to go very good

We liked the fact that no pets and no smoking were allowed.

Lovely spacious, comfortable and very well equipped cottage. Hosts were very helpful and friendly.

A wonderfully cosy, delightful cottage ideally located for exploring all the wonderful sights of Dorset. Although a peaceful location, within a short drive, there is access to all the best of the Dorset countryside, coastline and pretty historic towns. Can't wait to go back.

We had a wonderful week, thank you Jane & John, who were great hosts. Lovely warm property with everything needed for a relaxing stay. Excellent location; very quiet but very easy to access the coast and the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Comfortable, warm and cosy, clean and well appointed accommodation with plenty of space, in a beautiful, quiet location that was yet within easy reach of all the places we wished to visit. We were lucky in that the weather was still fine, warm for early November, so we could sit outside on the private patio.

The owners were considerate, respecting our privacy whilst still being friendly and helpful, leaving tea, coffee, sugar, milk and shortbread for us, so we could enjoy a cuppa as soon as we arrived.

We would happily recommend the property to anyone who wanted some peaceful time to themselves. The whole experience was excellent. When booking, your staff were helpful and easy to talk to, the process was straightforward, uncomplicated. The directions were easy to follow. The cottage itself was all we could have wished for and as described.

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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, and we're thrilled to see that you enjoyed your stay so much. We very much hope that you would consider a return visit in the future. Tanya, Customer Support

The Stables was an amazing place to stay. The owners are so friendly and helpful. More than enough room for us and facilities were amazing. A little bit out in the country which was beautiful and had clear night skies to see the stars! We completely recommend and will be returning!!

The Stables provided us with a warm, cosy and comfortable base for our week in Dorset. The owners, Jane and John were both friendly and welcoming. The milk and Dorset biscuits were really appreciated - thank you

Lovely well appointed cottage in a very good location. Jane and John are very good hosts - they were welcoming and friendly. We were so pleased with the cottage that we will be booking another stay here next year.

Best cottage yet after 11years away at least twice a year. Situation and cottage quality couldn't be bettered. So much so we immediately booked again for next June.

A wonderful locatíon and very pretty cottage. The owners are helpful and friendly. The gardens are superb, and if we had been blessed with better weather we would have loved to have sat out everyday. A cottage we hope to return to soon.

Had a lovely relaxing week long stay at the Stables, the cottage was clean and felt very cosy whilst still being spacious and has a great private garden to relax and eat out in. The location was ideal for us as it was quiet but within easy reach of the coast and other places of interest. The owners who lived next door were friendly and helpful and left us to relax and enjoy our holiday but were happy to help if we needed anything.

A lovely cottage that is handy for Studland, Poole, Weymouth etc. The cottage is well appointed. An ideal place for a quiet break.

Lovely cottage and very comfortable. We had an issue with the TV losing signal, just before the football European final. John, our host was great and when he was unable to fix it, he had an aerial guy replace the cable and aerial socket. His wife, Jane then bought us a bag full of goodies to say thank you for our patience. We couldn't have wished for better hosts. We had a lovely two weeks and hope to book again

Lovely quiet place to relax and unwind.

Stables cottage has everything you need close to amenities and easy travelling distance to the all the local tourist attractions .A garden to relax in over tea and scones or breakfast whilst enjoying the local wild life. The cottage enjoys all the home comforts needed , the kitchen is well equipped the owners available for friendly advice on local haunts if required. A very relaxing stay to banish the realities of day to day life . We cannot recommend enough Dorset is a must visit Ian & Mandy Stewart.

The cottage is really lovely and provided a home from home feel, very comfortable with everything you needed to make your holiday special. Very clean and well presented in a lovely area, easy to get to all local beauty spots

The Stables is very spacious, comfortable, peaceful and spotless. The kitchen is huge with good quality equipment. The bed is super comfy, as is the sofa, and the shower is very large. A lot of thought has obviously gone into this cottage, and it is neat without unnecessary clutter. The well-tended garden is large and very private, which I shared only with occasional pheasants. Easy parking.

A lovely accommodation in a great location for exploring a wide range of places along the coast. Very well appointed - especially kitchen (chef knives that are actually sharp enough to use). Very effective heating which is quick to warm the property. Easy and safe private parking next to the property. Friendly and helpful owners that don’t “over-fuss” but are happy to help if you need anything. Beautiful garden and surrounding countryside. Extremely peaceful place to relax and unwind. Would love to return.

If you are looking for an ideal, quiet, rural location in Dorset, then this is your sanctuary! Easy access to Monkey World, The Tank Museum, T.E. Lawrence's cottage, Thomas Hardy's cottage, Dorchester; including the many charming beaches and coves that hug the Dorset coast. A great place to recharge your batteries and breathe in the fresh countryside air; you will sleep like a log! Enjoy.

Wonderful stay in great accommodation - would be very happy to return

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Should you need any assistance making a booking we are more than happy to assist. Sarah, Customer Support

A great little find. Warm and cosy in December. Well situated for walks and sightseeing.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for your lovely comments for The Stables. We hope that you had a great time exploring the Jurassic Coast and should you wish to visit again to continue your exploration we are more than happy to assist. Sarah, Customer Support

Great location, quiet area. Good for vsiting other towns and tourist hot spots. You will need for nothing-The Stables has everything you could possibly need.

cottage was handy for many places of interest, we did not have to travel very far from the cottage. The garden was very nice to relax in after a day out and about. The owners were very friendly and easy to talk to, but did not intrude. We would stay here again if visiting this area and would recommend it to a couple looking for a nice place for a holiday. Mike & Christine Bowden.

Clean, comfortable and well equipped, ideal for a couple to spend a few days. Lovely countryside & on a fairly quiet road. I would recommend this property to friends & family.

The Stables is excellent spacious accommodation in an idyllic, but convenient, location. The owners (John and Jane are most welcoming. We have stayed there 4 times and intend to return.

Great cottage, lovely private garden and excellent location.

Spent a lovely week in the cottage. It was extremely well presented, clean, cosy and comfortable with a beautiful garden which was ideal for morning coffee, afternoon tea and a quiet drink in the evening.

We loved staying at this beautiful cottage. It is very clean and comfortable, with lots of space and everything we needed for self catering, though we usually chose to go out for our evening meal. The cottage is very peaceful, and is situated in pretty countryside, with plenty of room to park the car beside the cottage. The owners live on the same site nearby. We enjoyed watching the birds in the garden and listening to their morning chorus. The area is very much part of Thomas Hardy's Wessex, and is remarkably unspoilt, "Far From The Madding Crowd" and "Under The Greenwood Tree". We enjoyed exploring "Weatherbury" (Puddletown) and Mellstock (Stinsford and Bockhampton), etc. Hardy's cottage (National Trust) is only a few miles away. "Sculpture By The Lakes" is wonderful and is only about 300 yds away. There are lots of other interesting places to visit, with nice walks in the area both in the nearby woods and a bit further away on the coast and in the Isle of Purbeck area. Athelhampton House, the Swanage Steam Railway, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Clouds Hill Cottage (NT), Moreton Church and Tearooms, Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens, etc all made interesting trips. We would love to return, as there is so much more to enjoy here.

Wonderful cottage in a peaceful location. Ideally placed for walks in the surrounding area and not too far from the beautiful Dorset coast.

This property is ideal for 2 people well laid out and in a very good location for visiting Dorset

We had a great week in Dorset. The weather was fabulous for the time of year. We enjoyed our stay in The Stables,clean ,comfortable and very cosy. A well equipped and maintained cottage in a lovely countryside setting. Lovely owners too.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're so pleased to hear that you had a great holiday at The Stables - you certainly chose a perfect week to visit! Thanks for sharing your review. Kari, Customer Support

A quiet, spacious, well-appointed, clean and warm cottage with friendly owners next door. Only 15 minutes drive from the south coast and an excellent base for walking the coast path. Several National Trust properties within easy reach.

Definitely 5 star

Really peaceful location. Great cottage, comfortable bed, well-equipped, couldn’t fault it. Thankyou.

It was so peaceful here and the weather so clement as to make this a really fantastic break away from the stress and bustle of our everyday lives. This is an immaculate property in a perfect, private location with every convenience we could have needed, even excellent recycling facilities. Arriving to find little extras, such as the tea, milk and biscuits (and even the handwash and dishwasher tablets), was a really thoughtful gesture and truly helpful. Our hosts, Jane and John, were very welcoming but not obtrusive, which was relieving as we are a naturally quite shy couple and like our privacy, but it was nice to know they were immediately on hand if we needed their help (they live in the adjacent property).

At middle-age, for us a comfortable bed is a prerequisite, and the double bed was just what we needed for a cosy, good night’s sleep, along with the peaceful surroundings away in a pleasant area of the countryside. The property is bigger than we expected and the west-facing gardens were spacious and well-tended, ideal for sitting outside on summer evenings, enjoying the sunset and watching the bats flying over the garden and adjoining fields.

Staying at this property gave us easy access to all main routes in Dorset, with most attractions close at hand, such as Corfe Castle, Studland Bay, Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove, Cerne Abbas, Montacute House, to mention just a few places of interest that we visited. Even Lyme Regis, where we spent a full day, was not out of range.

The only cloud was our own fault when we accidentally spilt a full mug of tea on one of the carpets. We were absolutely mortified and worried as to our reception when we reported it. We needn’t have worried, as John and Jane were really kind and Jane quickly cleaned the carpet with good humour and without reproach. We highly recommend this property to all, and although we generally visit a different area of the country each holiday, in this instance, we hope we will have opportunity to return again. Thank you, Jane and John for such a great holiday!

Lovely comfortable cottage in peaceful surroundings , pretty garden , well eqipped kitchen . Good shower , comfortable bed , good quality towels provided , well eqipped kitchen with good quality utensils . Lovely garden to relax in . Lots of places to visit within easy reach and cottage is in lovely peaceful area , lovely countryside surroundings .

A very comfortable and spacious cottage in a delightfully peaceful location. The owners couldn’t do enough to please.

The sign outside is so small it’s so easy to miss when your driving, the owner was repairing something when we arrived and apart from that never see them all week.It is a lovely property that was converted many years ago and is now quite old fashioned and needs updating

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and we're glad that you felt The Stables was a lovely property - it's certainly very popular with our guests and offers a fantastic base for holidays in this area. The owners do live next door so are always on hand to help or answer questions, yet strike the perfect balance so as not to intrude; guests can just pop by for top tips on planning a day out or to get local insider information on secret spots to visit! We'd have to disagree that the cottage is old fashioned - the furniture and decor is all very high quality and beautifully presented in a style that sits well with the property's origins and surroundings, and the owners ensure the standard is very high throughout. Tanya, Customer Support

Perfect setting for a relaxing holiday

Quality speaks for it self home from home comforts great.

lovely cottage with a pretty garden to sit out in, everything was perfect.

This is a superb cottage: superb location, superbly equipped and comfortable with the best information concerning where to eat, visit and see in the area that I have ever seen!

A very spacious and comfortable cottage which was ideally placed for exploring the area. We have stayed in a lot of properties from the Classic Cottages portfolio and the Stables must rank among the very best.

Perfect, rural holiday cottage.

A real gem very comfortable.

An excellent homely property in beautiful surroundings. Ideal for visiting properties inland, and on the breathtaking coastline.

The Stables is in a lovely part of Dorset very quiet but also very well equipped with a nice warm welcome from the owners.

One of the best cottages we have ever stayed in. Fantastic cottage.very well equipped,spotless,and very friendly owners. Like we said in our comments book in the cottage we would be going back next year,but our holidays for next year have already been booked,but will be returning the year after. Cannot speak highly enough of this cottage.Already recommended to several people.

One of the cleanest and best equipped properties we have stayed at to date, and we have stayed at several. The owners were most friendly and helpful.

1st Class cottage, well presented with good quality furnishings and was exceptionally clean. John and Jane were pleased to answer queries and provided lots of tourist and cottage information .the cottage was as advertised, quiet and central for all our sightseeing Would not hesitate to recommend The Stables.

A perfect holiday cottage.

Outstanding in every way. The owners have gone the extra mile to ensure the cottage is well equipped and comfortable.

We have stayed at many self catering holiday accomodations and this (The Stable) was the best ever! Excellent in every way.

An excellent cottage in a convenient position highly recommended .

The property exceeded our expectations. It was well equipped and maintained to an excellent standard. The garden was lovely and we were able to sit out in the evening and fully enjoy and appreciate the surroundings. The owners were friendly and welcoming throughout our stay and we have every intention of returning back again.

John and Jane are kind, thoughtful hosts. They go to a lot of trouble to ensure that their guests enjoy their stay. Little touches - tempting shortbread biscuits, a pint of milk and fresh flowers were waiting for us on arrival. The cottage is spacious and well-appointed; the extensive gardens are ideal for relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Some of Dorset's most famous attractions are close at hand and the beaches are within easy reach. We would wholeheartedly and confidently recommend The Stables to anyone seeking a peaceful, quiet break.

Great tranquil location, gorgeous cottage set in beautifully kept private gardens, romantic, cosy and well maintained. The owners are great hosts, with milk, biscuits and a welcome card awaiting our arrival. Wonderful local natural attractions, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Just what the doctor ordered! Will definately visit again and again...

It is warm and comfortable and has all the modern facilities that you could want.

Super cottage, lovely area and will probably book again in the future.

John and Jane made us very welcome and were at pains to ensure we had everything we needed in the cottage. Lovely clean and fresh decor throughout the property, super bed and dishwasher a bonus. Cottage in good location in countryside but central to many tourist attractions. Peaceful and private garden in which to relax.

A great cottage in a peaceful location that is great for touring Dorset. Very clean and comfortable with freindly and helpful hosts, We will be making a return visit!

A gem of a cottage, perfect for couples wanting a peaceful time in a lovely area.

The Cottage is very cosy and we had a relaxing holiday. Many interesting places and beaches are nearby. An excellent place to stay.

The size of the property was fantastic,more than enough for the two of us but still with a cosy feel.

Very well equipped and comfortable cottage. Large and private garden. Owners are nearby and very helpful. A good location for many nearby attractions, countryside and coast.

A very comfortable, pretty and well equipped cottage in a really good location for exploring Dorset. One bedroom, sitting room and kitchen (kitchen much bigger than expected) plus bathroom and small lobby. All on one level, but a couple of steps in the kitchen. Quiet country location, cottage gardens an added benefit.

Lovely location, peaceful yet within easy reach of several villages or small towns. Would recommend "sculpture by the lakes" which is within walking distance.

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