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Sturminster Newtons Old Coach House

Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Romantic
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Converted coach house sleeping two guest an ideal romantic getaway
  • Period property dating to the 17th century
  • Large enclosed gardens with lawn and seating area
  • Located close to Sturminster Newton town centre
Property code: TOLDC

Pretty, former coach house with spacious gardens, located close to the town centre of Sturminster Newton, an attractive market town situated on the River Stour in North Dorset.

A two-person, two-dog bolthole with its own enclosed garden, this winsome former coach house is the ideal retreat for romantic breaks and solo escapes. Situated within the town of Sturminster where celebrated author, Thomas Hardy, made himself at home, it boasts great access to all sorts of local amenities – including a pub just meters away. For scenic strolls throughout the day, you can also walk less than 0.5 miles to the banks of the River Stour and wander across the Colber Bridge to reach open meadows and fields beyond.

Filled with light and decorated with homely touches, this detached cottage makes for a delightful Dorset hideaway. Upon entering, make yourself comfortable in the airy open-plan lounge/diner. A lovely room for soaking up the garden views and curling up with a book, you will immediately feel relaxed in this private bubble. If you feel like staying in, you will find a well-equipped kitchen just off the lounge/diner too. Here, an array of appliances and accoutrements make foodie preparation a breeze. Completing the picture on the ground floor is a bathroom, while upstairs you will find a bedroom nestled in the eaves. Hugely characterful with sloping ceilings and two circular porthole windows, this space is lovely for long lie-ins and early nights.

Outside, there is a patio with a table and chairs and a spacious lawn, proffering ample space for picnics and games with the pups. With so much to explore nearby, you can easily spend a short break discovering the locale, wandering Sturminster’s attractive streets, historic buildings and river setting. A particularly pretty spot is the Sturminster Mill (0.5 miles), one of a series of ancient flour mills built on the River Stour. Further afield, you can also visit Shaftesbury (8 miles), home of the Gold Hill of Hovis fame.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 super-king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower-over-bath and WC
  • TV/DVD Wi-Fi included
  • Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, and washing machine
  • Electric and central heating included
  • 2 dogs welcome by arrangement, at an additional charge
  • Shops and pubs within walking distance, beach 20 miles

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 34 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Robert 9th October 2021

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Reviewed by Barrie 2nd October 2021

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a great property to stay at, very near to main street and easy travel to local area

Reviewed by Suzanne 25th September 2021

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House was a lovely place to stay, very clean and comfortable, the dogs also loved running around the garden. Ideal for travelling to different parts each day

Reviewed by Mandy 18th September 2021

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We had a superb time the weather was in our favour, peaceful and relaxing and the village is beautiful we could live there easily. Walks with the dog by the river were lovely.

Reviewed by Sarah 28th August 2021

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Fabulous cottage so close to town centre . Pub and shops 2 minutes away . The white hart is lovely , friendly , good food and ambience . Highly recommend staying here

Reviewed by Mike 7th August 2021

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Reviewed by Helen 10th July 2021

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Delightful property a few minutes from the river Stour. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend without hesitation.

Reviewed by Carole 3rd July 2021

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Lovely place to stay great location to go out exploring would recommend if you want a romantic peaceful atmosphere

Reviewed by Patricia 12th June 2021

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The cottage looked exactly as advertised and the enclosed garden was perfect for our dog. Lovely quiet, friendly town with most of what anyone would need and the location was good for a bit of travelling around too. All in all we had a very pleasant and chilled break.

Reviewed by Angela 5th June 2021

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We enjoyed our stay at the old coach house it was nice and peaceful sitting in the garden. We took our two small dogs with us every day we went for very long walks there is a lot of sight seeing walks in Sturminster. We found the people are so friendly iam thinking of booking for next year so thank you for a great week.

Reviewed by Patrick 29th May 2021

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We had a lovely quiet and very comfortable time in the very best surroundings. The owner had left chocs and wine and a welcome note and everything was of the best. Thank you.

Reviewed by Valerie 15th May 2021

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Enjoyed our stay in the coach house it's a lovely well equipped well appointed home in the village. The village has everything you need to enjoy your stay,shops cafes,pubs takeaways. Plenty of places to visit and lots of walks on the doorstep or further afield if you want to drive. The weather was against us but would definitely recommend,never gotRead more to use the garden but was lovely and secure for our dogs . Hide

Reviewed by John 1st May 2021

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We really enjoyed our stay at Old Coach House and our expectations were exceeded. The property was spotlessly clean, warm and very homely. We loved the enclosed garden and the bed was probably the most comfortable we have ever slept in! The location is astonishing - two mins from the High Street and two mins from miles of open countryside walking. Read moreWe really appreciated the welcome chocolates and fizz! Holiday perfection for us and our dogs! Hide

Reviewed by Darrell 24th April 2021

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Excellent property. Very clean and in a great location. Welcome chocolates and wine very much appreciated. The enclosed garden was superb for our dog with sunshine on the patio throughout the day. Although very close to amenities, it is very quiet and you feel very private with great countryside walks literally at the end of the lane. We will definRead moreitely be back. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 17th April 2021

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Fantastic cozy cottage in a great location .

Reviewed by Stephen 12th April 2021

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Our 3rd stay at this lovely little cottage. Spotlessly clean and tidy, as always. Located down a quiet road, a few minutes walk from the River Stour. The cottage has everything you need and the garden is fully enclosed and a sun trap. The super king sized bed is soooo comfy! The village is very friendly and welcoming and has a greengrocer, butcher,Read more vets, pharmacy, coffee shops, a few pubs and much more. We have already booked for next year. Hide

Reviewed by Stephanie 20th December 2020

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A lovely property in a great location for local walks. Very close to the river only a short walk from the property. Well located in the town for topping up on essentials too. The property itself was clean and fit for purpose and plenty of parking on the drive and ideal for me, my husband and our Westie, George, with a very secure back garden for doRead moregs. We had a fantastic stay and the bubbly and chocolates left by the owner was a lovely touch. We would be very happy to return for a future stay. Hide

Reviewed by Alison 11th December 2020

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Ideal little Coach House for 1 or two people. Fabulous location for town and walks along the Trailway and lovely welcome chocs and bubbly. I will definitely return.

Reviewed by Yasmin 31st October 2020

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The Old Coach House was a lovely little place for my partner and I to stay for a long weekend. There was nothing better after a day out, than coming back home and snuggling up on the sofa in front of the tv. Plenty of facilities, nice clean rooms with modern heating controls. The king sized bed was super comfortable. The only downside (which is notRead morehing to do with the property itself) is the narrow little road you have to go down to get to the propertys parking. Definately would stay again. Hide

Reviewed by Jodie 24th October 2020

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Lovely cottage we had a great stay. very clean great location a short walk to the town and a short walk to the river . Lovely secure garden for dogs . We really couldnt fault this cottage at all and would definitely stay again

Reviewed by Graham 19th September 2020

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Reviewed by Tony 12th September 2020

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This was a wonderful holiday and accommodation. The cottage was spotlessly clean. There was parking for 3 cars if necessary. The garden was well kept and dog safe. We would definitely stay there again. Sturminster Newton is a great little village with lots of amenities.

Reviewed by Jill 1st September 2020

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The photos on the website were a very accurate representation of the property. Ideal for couples, close to the shops/pubs and the outdoor patio area and garden were lovely.

Reviewed by Catherine 29th August 2020

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Excellent delightful place to stay

Reviewed by Pete 15th August 2020

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Perfect cosy cottage with good level of comfort , especially the super sized bed. Good location with plenty of quality shops, takeaways and access to a good range of walks from the doorstep.

Reviewed by Gary 1st August 2020

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Reviewed by Andrew 25th July 2020

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Small but practical house with secure back garden in quiet street in quiet English country town with good facilities except a bank

Reviewed by John 14th March 2020

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It was a strange time for our break as the Coronavirus was hitting the country hard. I cannot fault the property. It had a very homely feeling straight away and the drink and choccies on arrival were very welcome as well as tea bags , coffee . The bed was extremely comfy and George our dog loved the enclosed garden .

Reviewed by Julia 17th February 2020

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A quiet little hideaway. The garden was a good size. Our lurcher was able to have a bit of a run around.

Reviewed by Julie 20th January 2020

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A very well equipped and comfortable cottage with everything you would needfor a lovely stay. Its down a little lane which is very quiet but a few minutes walk from all the shops and main high street. It is also a few minutes walk the other way from some stunning walks along the stour which was perfect for dog walking. Would definitely recommend

Reviewed by Jill 24th December 2019

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Lovely little cottage... suited my husband and I and our little dog perfectly. Great location near some good village pubs, country walks and a bit of clay pigeon shooting too.

Reviewed by Mark 28th November 2019

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A perfect location, only a minute from the town centre and yet tucked away and peaceful. Equally close to open countryside and the river. Very well equipped, clean and cared for. Large, off-road parking area, and a fully enclosed garden. All in all, A super little place and we hope to return soon.

Reviewed by Keith 2nd November 2019

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Reviewed by Barry 19th October 2019

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Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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