This beautiful barn conversion at the heart of a working dairy farm is just inland from Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast and its beaches. The rural setting will please all the family – lovely countryside walks, a tennis court for the energetic, the comings and goings of tractors, cows and the milk tanker for younger children to watch from the cottage.
Sturthill Stable is extremely spacious, it even has a separate playroom with TV, DVD player and a small multi-games table; the three bedrooms, one en suite, look over the farm buildings to the countryside beyond.
Nearby is the bustling town of Bridport, which has some great cafes, and a street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock, overlooking the beach, serves locally caught seafood, and delicious cakes. A short drive will take you to Lyme Regis, with its iconic Cobb, and Monmouth beach, where you can hunt for fossils, enjoy the cafes and restaurants or just relax on the beach with an ice cream.
Sturthill Stable is a great base for exploring this beautiful part of Dorset; the South West Coast Path and the Jurassic Coast begin at Old Harry Rocks, on the Isle of Purbeck, only an hour's drive from your holiday home.
Visit Corfe Castle en route, or the sandy beaches at Studland, or the stunning Etches collection of fossils at Kimmeridge.
Above the cottage there is a tennis court and large grassy-area where children can play. A small stream runs past the cottage – enjoy your own little bridge to reach the front door!
The owner lives in the original farmhouse, on hand should you need any information but tucked away so that you will feel independent.
A local shoot uses adjoining land during the pheasant season, from the beginning of October until the beginning of February.
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and wood-burner effect electric stove
Playroom with TV and DVD player
Kitchen/Dining-room with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Utility-room with washing machine, WC and wash-basin
Shower-room with shower
Bedroom 1 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Bedroom 3 with small twin beds (2'6" recommended for children only)
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
This is a working dairy farm, please supervise children at all times; the garden is not enclosed – so please take care beside the low wall above the stream and the pond at the entrance to the owner's driveway. The cottage benefits from satellite broadband with limited capacity, suitable for email and web browsing. There is no mobile phone reception at the farm, a landline is provided.
- Dogs welcome (1 dog over 1 year old only)
- Cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Patio furniture
- Automated biomass CH
- Tennis court
Sturthill Stable is a lovely barn conversion on a working dairy farm in the most beautiful Dorset countryside, just a few miles inland from The Jurassic Coast.
The kitchen/dining-room is a very sociable space for all the family.
The patio is a relaxing place for everyone to gather.
The spacious sitting-room has plenty of comfortable seating. Windows all along one wall face the farm - a great viewing gallery.
The kitchen/dining-room has French doors to the patio where you can watch the daily comings and goings of farm life.
The master bedroom - with 'zip and link' beds - set up here as a super-king size bed, but it can be made up as twin beds if you prefer.
The second sitting-room is set up as a playroom.
Guests young and old can enjoy this '4 in one' games-table; table-football, mini-pool, table-tennis and air hockey.
Stairs to the first floor and the door through to the ground floor shower-room with the kitchen/dining-room beyond.
This fabulous tennis court is a real bonus for the energetic.
The dairy herd will become a familiar sight.
Bridport is just a few miles away - a lovely bustling market town with plenty of independent shops and cafes as well as two markets a week.
West Bay just outside Bridport is only six miles away, this is the pretty harbour. Yet another great cafe here....The Watchhouse Cafe, right on the beach.
Nearby Seatown, with Golden Cap in the background and the award-winning Anchor Inn in the foreground.
Lyme Regis is a fabulous place to visit, so much to see and do all year round.
The Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock, serving locally caught seafood and delicious cakes.
Another view of the master bedroom; one side has windows overlooking the farm buildings and the countryside beyond. The other side has a high Velux window that allows the light to flood in.
The en suite for the master bedroom.
Another view of the barn which has a little bridge across a stream to the front door.
This is the second twin room at the top of the stairs, where you can watch the cows across the yard.
The other twin room also with views over the farm buildings and the fields beyond.
The family bathroom is on the first floor and there is an additional shower-room and separate WC downstairs.
A stair-gate keeps your little ones safe.
The perfect place to relax, with the tennis court in the background.
What about a family tennis tournament?
There is plenty of outside space, offering a farm setting that children will be sure to remember. Do please supervise children at all times.
This is the view towards the coast from the top of the lane leading to Sturthill Stable.
Monkey World is a primate rescue and rehabilitation centre, between Dorchester and Wareham.
An extensive collection of tanks at The Tank Museum, Bovington.
The cliffs at West Bay, one of the filming scenes for the TV series Broadchurch.
Clavell Tower at Kimmeridge on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the Etches Collection of fossils found in this location is on display in the new visitor centre in the village.
Local maps and information leaflets in the stable help you to decide and plan your adventures in Dorset.
Crabbing lines, the perfect pastime for children of all ages.
A fabulous rural setting on a working dairy farm.
The driveway up to Sturthill Stable, overlooked by the tennis court.
A view along the Jurassic Coast to Dorset's iconic Golden Cap.
The Jurassic Coast is stunning. This is the closest beach at Burton Bradstock, four miles from Sturthill Stable - there is a famous cafe here too - The Hive Beach Cafe. Well worth a visit.