Sturthill Stable is a new 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.
Little gates help to make the patio a relaxing place for all the family.
The spacious sitting-room has plenty of comfortable seating for all. Windows all along one wall faces 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 as a super-king size bed that can be made up as twin beds if you prefer.
The second sitting-room is set up as a playroom for young children.
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 do and see, 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 famly 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. A great place for a family picnic.
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 Bovington tank Museum.
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 this 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.

Sturthill Stable

2829

3.5 miles E of Bridport / Sleeps 6 + cot

7 Nights from £550 - £1375

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

Nearest pub

The Spyway Inn (1 ¼ miles)

Relax with a real ale in the beer garden after a walk at nearby Eggardon Hill.

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

Mrs Hammersley August 2017

Wonderful food and a very friendly welcome. Such a shame dogs aren't allowed though


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ms Neufeld July 2017

Spyway Inn

Pretty Garden, good food and drinks; Dogs are not allowed in the Pub - that`s sad - but you can bring your dog in the Garden! The owners are very friendly!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker September 2011

Good pub food with good service.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Alexander 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

Mrs Scammell 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)

Located near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is set in the heart of the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Once planned to have been a landing point for Hitler’s troops during the Second World War, these days the beach has a much more pleasant atmosphere. If not too distracted by the views, beach-goers should keep an eye out for fossils buried amongst the limestone.

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

Helen 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 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans 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 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Helen 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.

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

Mr Ayres 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 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker September 2011

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


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans 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

Helen 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.

Taj Mahal Restaurant (3 ½ miles)

Offering the finest Indian cuisine, freshly prepared on the premises with the flexibility of dining at the restaurant or taking it away to the comfort of your home!

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

Mrs Alexander July 2011

This restaurant has been given 4* status by the local Council. The menu is varied and the cuisine is excellent. You can either eat in or have a take-away; the staff are very friendly, polite and obliging. This is a restaurant that I would highly recommend and if you love Indian cuisine then the Taj Mahal is certainly worth a visit when in Bridport.

Ant Hill Trail (3 ½ miles)

Venture through meadows and pastures, across streams and up sunken lakes along the 6km trail from South Poorton Nature Reserve to Loscombe Nature Reserve in the countryside near Bridport. Keep an eye out for foxes, deer and buzzards, as well as the ant hills that gave the trail its name.

Visit The Dorset Wildlife Trust website for more Nature Reserve walks in the area.

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

Helen January 2010

Ant Hill Trail

This fascinating nature trail runs through the grounds of Marlpitts Farmhouse so is easily accessed from the property

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

Mrs Rees 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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