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.
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. There is plenty of outside space, offering a farm setting that children will be sure to remember. Do please supervise children at all times.
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.
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.
Crabbing lines, the perfect pastime for children of all ages.
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.

Sturthill Stable

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3.5 miles E of Bridport / Sleeps 6 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Spyway Inn (1 mile)

A traditional English country pub with amazing views of the Dorset countryside. Locals, walkers and cyclists are made very welcome and it's the perfect place for refreshments after a climb up nearby Eggardon Hill. Bring your dog, they are welcome too.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Friendly local pub with great garden

Went here three times on holiday. Very friendly free house with good range of beers, simple but great menu and lovely garden with little pods. Worth booking ahead


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2017

Wonderful food and a very friendly welcome.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2017

Spyway Inn

Pretty Garden, good food and drinks! The owners are very friendly!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Good pub food with good service.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2011

Excellent food - idyllic setting.

If you feel like a something to eat in an idyllic setting away from everything, then this is the place to go. The food is excellent, not expensive and the menu caters for practically everyone - I say 'practically' everyone because there is always that one person for whom it won't! For us though, this is certainly an Inn that we shall be returning to.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2009

A freehouse with excellent pub food. The pub garden has won the Best Small Pub Garden and has lovely views. Family run over a number of years, it's well worth a visit.

Nearest beach

Hive Beach (3 miles)

Take in the views and let the salty sea air whip your worries away. Found near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is a sweeping sandy strip backed by regal golden cliffs. With parking nearby and a celebrated café, Hive Beach is a lovely destination for a day's wandering and relaxing. Eagle-eyed visitors may even be so lucky to spot some fossils hidden along the beach.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2022

Disappointing

Having read rave reviews we were disappointed by the breakfast we had there…cold, hard tomatoes and reheated squelchy mushrooms. The upside was sitting out in the sun next to the sea.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2020

Fantastic waves,

This beach, even on a windy march day was spectacular and blew away the cobwebs and was very invigorating. Food in the Hive Cafe was great too.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2010

Hive Beach Cafe serves superb food suitable for all the family from an informal premises right on the beach. Get there early as it's very popular, but even when busy the service is usually reasonably quick.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2009

Brilliant place; so popular you may have to wait! Food is more top-class restaurant quality than cafe.

Nearest walk

Eggardon Hill (2 ¼ miles)

Crowned with the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, Eggardon affords king-of-the-castle-views across the Dorset countryside. There are two Bronze Age burial mounds here too.

See the skies above Eggardon Hill alive with colour at the annual Eggerdon Kite Festival, held here in September.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

December 2021

A lovely walk

Beautiful spot and lovely views. A must.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Beautiful at sunset!

We like ancient history, so perhaps if you don't you might not find this place as fascinating, but it is beautiful at sunset and the views across Dorset out to see are absolutely stunning!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2011

This hillfort is easily accessible from the road and provides fantastic panoramic views of the coastline of Lyme Bay, and inland over the Marshwood Vale.

Nearest town

Bridport (3 ½ miles)

A busy and thriving market town, Bridport is one of the most popular gateways to the Jurassic Coast. The town still has three weekly markets, including a farmer’s market. Shopping in Bridport reveals its strong arts and crafts heritage. Bridport lies just inland from West Bay, with a gorgeous sweep of sandy beach and a pretty harbour that perfectly complement Bridport’s charms.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Bridport

Great market town with lots of coffee shops and bakeries.In town parking a bonus .
Particularly liked the green yard cafe and Leakers bakery .

Also nearby

Hive Beach Cafe (2 ½ miles)

This beach café right by the sea on Chesil Bank bagged the Coast magazine award for Best Coastal Café, Pub or Restaurant 2009. Local fish and shellfish are specialities.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Hive

Went for lunch ,the team manager was excellent at keeping everyone informed of the wait time and we were quickly seated .Food was quickly served and tasty .
The view of the beach is the wonderful.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2013

Car park free if you are with NT.
Cafe packed so just had coffee and cake. Beautiful beach


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2012

The service was good and friendly - the system works extremely well. The food was delicious. An enjoyable experience even on a rather damp day.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Excellent seafood and cakes. Only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from early September.
Marie


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2009

More restaurant quality than cafe - terrific place.

The Marquis of Lorne (2 ½ miles)

This 16th Century country inn serves excellent food and real ales. There is a children’s play area and walkers will find The Marquis also makes a good starting point for walks up the famous Eggardon Hill, where there are the remains of an Iron Age fort and Bronze Age burial mounds, as well as great views across the Dorset countryside and coast.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2010

A warm welcome

We eat there whenever we are too tired to cook at home! Always a warm welcome and a tasty meal.

The George Inn (6 miles)

Enjoy a (not so) swift pint by the cosy log fire in winter or out in the patio garden in summer at this 17th Century thatched country inn. Lunch and dinner menus include locally sourced seafood and meats. You can enjoy a locally brewed pint of Palmers ale while the kids play on the giant Jenga. Booking is advisable in summer.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Good food and excellent service.

Well maintained pub with excellent food and service. The decor is attractive and spacious.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great food

Great food and friendly staff


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2017

The George

Welcoming pub, tasty food. dogs are accommodated in bar areas. Advised to book for Sun lunch.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2016

Superb!

The first thing that strikes you about the George is the friendly welcome from the staff nothing is too much trouble, they welcome dogs with open arms.

The food is excellent and good value for money and the Palmers' ales are a delight, be brave and try the "georgeous" ploughman's it is huge and gorgeous!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Excellent pub food. Thursday night is pizza night and its advisable to book.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

welcoming with excellent food

Often in the area and find the George welcoming and reliable for a good meal, be it a bar snack or something more substantial, highly recemmended.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Sunday Roast at The George

After a breathtaking walk along the spectacular Jurassic Coast on a Sunday afternoon there is nothing more needed than a fabulous Sunday roast. We were a little late in arriving at The George however and when everywhere else had turned us away The George were very friendly and provided a well needed refuel stop before continuing our walk. Traditional and cosy atmosphere, in a pretty thatched pub, good food, beer and service.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

Great all-rounder

Great food served here, with a huge choice to choose from and a good selection of Palmers ales. The staff and proprietor are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. As well as the bar/drinking area and restaurant there is a lovely snug with an open fire for cooler days/nights. Would definitely recommend.

Hare & Hounds (5 miles)

Home cooked food is a speciality here with Sunday roasts being a favourite. There's a play area, large garden and decking with views over the countryside. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2022

Cosy pub, lovely location, great hosts

Traditional feel, good menu range and good value, very clean. Lovely views from the garden.
Have visited several times, a friendly place to eat and drink.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2021

Fabulous Friendly Pub

A lovely country pub with a warm, friendly welcome to include those fury four legged friends.

Great food and I can throughly recommend the homemade pizza’s!

Only a 10/15 minute drive away from Stoke Abbott.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2017

Excellent pub food and congenial hosts

We enjoying two visits to the Hare and Hounds during our recent holiday. Both times we had excellent pub meals in good surroundings and was well looked after by the hosts. Many thanks

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (4 ¾ miles)

Planted as a kitchen garden in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester, today Abbotsbury Gardens bring together rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Scintillate your senses with a visit to the world famous camellia groves and magnolias, enjoy a sedate stroll in the walled gardens or go wild for the stunning woodland valley views. The BBC's Alan Titchmarsh declared them to be 'one of the finest gardens I have ever visited'. See for yourself. If it leaves your green fingers itching for some action, you can choose from a superb range of quality plants at the Specialist Plant Nursery.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Abbotsbury subtropical gardens

Beautiful gardens even in autumn, foliage variations amazing, well worth a visit and looking forward to a return visit at a different time of year


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2012

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

20 acres of beautiful gardens with many exotic and tropical plants. Viewing point to Chesil Beach. Cafe. Beautiful gardens to wander round, full of colour and wonderful plants. Had a lovely lunch in the cafe. Near the village of Abbotsbury which is worth a stop to.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

The gardens are lovely and include bridges, ponds and a sculpture trail. A very colourful day out with lots of pretty plants and flowers to look at.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

The Swannery and the Children's Farm are also worth a visit. At the farm, there is goat racing, pony riding and a soft play area for children.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2008

Brighten up Your Day

Even on a dull day, these subtropical gardens were a riot of colour -guaranteed to brighten up your day. If you are in the area for a few days, and especially if you have children, it's worth getting a Passport Ticket. This allows you to visit all three attractions at Abbotsbury - the gardens, swannery and children's farm - for a very reasonable price.

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