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The Stables at Clare Cottage

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 18 reviews

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

The Stables is a beautiful luxurious holiday let in is't own right standing apart from the other properties with patio area and views straight over our paddock.

The Stables can also be combined with our other properties - The Hay Barn, Middle Stable and the Tack Room to form flexible accommodation for 2 - 4 - 6 or even 8 people! Ideal for grand parents holidaying with children and grand children or a group of friends. A warm welcome awaits you at our family home where we have created cosy self-contained holiday accomodation from an existing barn at our small holding.

The Stables is an ideal all year round holiday venue with log burner, separate kitchen and living room - breakfast room with a comfy sofa to snuggle up on, stable doors open from both the bedroom and living area onto the patio. The bedroom has pretty hand painted furnishings and a King size wood bed, sumptious goosfeather duvet and silky smooth 400 thread count pure cotton bed linnen.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Chesil Beach Abbotsbury 50 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 60 km, Nearest railway: Templecombe 3 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The Stable consists of one generous size bedroom with a sumptuous king size bed, wardrobe and bedside tables and solid oak floor. The living room/breakfast room has warm terracotta flooring, a table with chairs for breakfast and evening meals and large comfortable sofa. The kitchen is compact but is well equipped and the bathroom has a large spacious shower.

We keep a few sheep at Clare Cottage and free range hens which give us excellent fresh eggs every day, (unfortunately we are unable to take pets for this reason). We do hope later this year to be able to offer stabling for 2 horses, so please ask if you are interested.

Our B&B gusets enjoy a delicious hamper of locally made artisan bread and croissants, homemade cereal and jams, our own fresh free range eggs and fresh fruit or freshly squeezed orange juice.

Further details outdoors

The property has its own patio with a table and chairs and a hammock for those sunny afternoons when reading a book is all you want to do.

A BBQ is available for alfresco cooking.

Tennis is available (summer only ) on our grass court. This is not a professional court - just for fun.

Parking at the property is not a problem.

Excellent local indoor swimming pool facilities.

Further details


Bed linen and towels are provided.

Beach towels - by arrangement.

Laundry - by arrangement.

Box of local produce and necessities to get you started - by arrangement.

The Dorset region

If you enjoy the country life, Dorset is for you. In the Spring our countryside offers bluebell woods to walk in, spring lambs gambling through the fields and the first of the signets at the famous Swannary at Abbotsbury. As the year moves on there are country markets to visit and beautiful gardens open to the public with frequently held plant and local produce sales.

Both Dorset and Somerset hold Art weeks during the summer months, when local artists open their homes to the public. There are caves to visit, potteries and working farms, Longleat is a must if you have children. Big agricultural shows are a whole day of country entertainment for the family and don't forget in August the Dorset Steam Fair - attracting thousands of visitors from around the world every year!

Bath is a wonderful and historic place to visit with the Pump Rooms and Roman Baths and at the end of November their Christmas street market is a magical place to make all your festive purchases. The races at Wincanton are popular through out the year and Boxing Day is a favourite for all the family. This is just a taste of the things going on in Dorset so come and discover it for yourself.


Stowell is a rural community with three Dairy farms in the surrounding area. Clare Cottage is said to have originally been an Ale House which was built for the Irish railway workers completing the line form London to the south. They apparently couldn't get a taste for our local cider and downed tools till they were promised an ale house where they could enjoy a pint of something more to their liking at the end of a hard days labour. Later the property was converted into two farm workers cottages, which eventually fell into disuse and remained abandoned for many years. Now fully restored it is a family home and the stables are a relaxing and cosy place to take a break. Our nearest town is the ancient town of Sherborne with its beautiful Abbey and pretty shops.

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Review 1-10 of 18

21 Oct 2014


"Amazing & relaxing break!"

Had an amazing stay this weekend in The Stable! The cleanest place I have ever stayed well looked after with a lot of TLC it goes unmissed! Me and my boyfriend could not fault it one bit, had the best… More

Looking forward to see you both again soon, we shall also look forward to welcoming your family next time round! Thank you for a lovely review.

30 Sep 2014


"Amazing Stables!!"

The Stables is a very homely retreat, well equipped and comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. The cream tea on arrival was most unexpected and welcome. We will most certainly be staying … More

Glad you found the Stables comfortable and to your liking and convenient for visiting your friends. Hope you had a lovely day for your grandsons birthday party when you got home, the weather was perfet for it! We look forward to possibly seeing you again sometime in the New Year.Sarah and David

21 Jul 2014


"An idyllic rural retreat"

The accommodation was ideal for two, having a good sized living room and a spacious bedroom. The galley kitchen was a bit tight; cooking facilities were fine for simple meals. The location was splen… More

So sorry we have been lax in relpying to your lovely review….we have been so busy this Summer our feet have hardly touched the ground! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and really do hope you decide to make an exception and visit us again - there is so much more of Dorset for you to see, plus the Stables will have had a face lift and of course there will be our new properties for you to choose from! Enjoy the rest of this wonderful Autumn. Sarah and David

30 Jun 2014


"So nice we stayed longer"

We very much enjoyed our stay at The Stables at Clare Cottage. It was quiet and very clean and comfortable and plenty big enough for two. The cottage looks onto a field with sheep, geese and chickens … More

Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased you found everything you needed in the Stables to make your stay comfortable. You we blessed with good weather and took full advantage to explore our beautiful countryside. It is a shame so many peole miss Dorset in their hurry to get down to the coast, as we have some of Englands most delightful countryside and of course the stunningly dramatic jurasaic coast line - if you can't resist diping your toes in the briny!
Do come and visit again and explore some more!
Enjoy the rest of your Summer.
KInd regards

3 Nov 2013


"Charming, cosy retreat!!"

The stables offered us a lovely, well kept weekend escape from the city. We arrived very late in night to a warm welcome from Sarah who went that little bit extra to make sure we were comfortable give… More

So sorry I never responded to your lovely review, my daughter became very ill shortly after your stay and ended up in hospital (she is fine now) but I never got around to making my usual reply. So I am now very belatedly writing to say thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your excape from the city!
I can also let you know that we have been busy these past months and now we have some more holiday accomodation in our barn conversion, so do look us up in a few weeks time when we go live, there will be one beautiful barn with luxuary accomodation for two people and a further Stables accomodation to sleep 4 people. We hope you will come and visit again soon so you can sample our new offerings!
Enjoy your summer.

23 May 2013


"Lovely accomodation, perfect for a relaxing weekend"

This was exactly what we had hoped for if not a little bit better!

Lovely furnishings, welcoming hosts and a lovely area to stay for a quiet weekend away. The Stables was lovely and clean and had great facilities.

Thank you for having us!

Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Do come and visit again soon.
We are converting our big barn and stables into holiday accomodation before next Spring, so we will have even more to offer you then - we will keep you posted!

19 Nov 2012


"A lovely retreat in a beautiful part of the world; fabulous hostess!"

Our hostess Sarah was brilliant- she was on the lookout for us when we were due to arrive to guide us to her home where The Stables is situated! She was very helpful and went through everything we nee… More

Well I don't know what to say to such a glowing review - except thank you!
It makes us very proud of our little hideaway, when people enjoy The Stables as much as you obviously did.
You may like to know - we are adding to our holiday properties this spring, each will be individual and private, so we hope you will come and visit us again and perhaps try out our new accomodation when it is completed. Thank you again for a lovely review.

17 Nov 2012


"Cosy, clean and attractively furnished, this was ideal for a relaxing break for two in rural Dorset."

We enjoyed our week at 'The Stables'. Attractively decorated, with good quality furniture, including a comfortable king-size bed, this is an imaginative conversion of a stable block. The living area and kitchen, whilst quite compact, were fine for two people and the woodburning stove ensured we were toasty warm in the evening. The owner made us very welcome and it was good to have a supply of fresh eggs available. The location is rural but also handy for touring Dorset's historic towns and coastline.

Thank you for your lovely informative review, we enjoyed having you and hope to see you again if you are down this way, there is still much more to see!

7 Nov 2012


"A delightful, cosy and clean cottage"

This cottage is comfortable and provides private accommodation in a convenient area for touring. We loved the breakfast hamper and the owner's attention to detail.

Thank you for your kind review.
We enjoyed having you as our guests and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Regards Sarah and David

9 Oct 2012


"Not what we wanted"

It was a lovely cottage with nice pubs nearby. Enjoyed the fire.
We hadn't expected the owner to let herself into the cottage while we were out. Fair enough perhaps if staying in the cottage with B&B, but as we were self catering we had expected our privacy to be respected.

I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay and felt I had not respected your privacy, but as discussed on your departure - not only did I need to leave you a note in respect of the wood-burner, but I also had concerns over the black plastic bin bags you had attached to the insides of the bedroom windows in the property. On entering The Stables, my concerns were not unfounded, as you had driven numerous drawing pins into the solid oak window frames in order to achieve your objective! You had also helped yourselves to extra logs from my wood store without even asking - although you had already been supplied with ample logs and kindling of the appropriate size for the wood-burner. You then proceeded to chop up kindling on the terracotta floor in the living room, presumably with one of the kitchen knives, as there is no necessity for me to provide an axe. I was only alerted to this as my husband was in his workshop one evening and heard loud banging coming from the Stables and asked me to find out if there was a problem.
We have always enjoyed sharing our little corner of the Dorset countryside with likeminded people who appreciate and show respect for the properties high standard and cozy atmosphere. We pride ourselves on a personal service and the ability to gauge the right amount of contact with our guests. On this occasion I must tell you I was much relieved when you left and if any further incident had occurred prior to your departure I would have felt compelled to ask you to leave.

Review 1-10 of 18

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Calendar last updated:24 Jan 2015

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