View of the property
Lounge/dining area
Lounge/dining area
Kitchen leading to downstairs bathroom
Upstairs bedroom with super king-size bed
Upstairs bedroom with super king-size bed
Upstairs bedroom
Original features
Looking towards the property with enclosed garden to the rear
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4 / 10  Kitchen leading to downstairs bathroom
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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
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Converted coach house sleeping two guest 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
  • Situated 30 miles from Dorset’s dramatic coast
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.

This property is located just a short walk from the centre of the historic town of Sturminster Newton. The celebrated author, Thomas Hardy, made Sturminster Newton his home and the area around the town features in several of his novels. It is easy to see why the novelist fell in love with this town, with its picturesque water mill, handsome arched bridge, and beautiful surrounding countryside. The River Stour which runs through the town, is a great place for keen fishermen, as well as those who leisurely walks in attractive surroundings . Further afield, yet still within easy reach the town of Shaftesbury is a wonderfully quaint place to spend an afternoon, and visitors will recognise its famous Gold Hill from the long-running Hovis adverts.

This detached property makes a lovely romantic retreat for a couple looking to escape the stresses of daily life. Upon arrival, guests can immediately make themselves at home in the lounge/diner which not only has comfortable seating, but also has large floor-to-ceiling windows which flood the room with light, and a TV/DVD. Passing the dining table and moving through to the kitchen, guests will easily be able to find everything they need including an oven, hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, and washing machine. The bathroom is also located on the ground floor and offers a shower-over-bath and WC. Stairs lead from the lounge up to the first floor in the eaves of the property. The super-king-size bed dominates this cosy space, which has sloping ceilings, a storage chest, and two circular windows at either end of the room. Guests should take care here as there is some reduced head-height in this room.

Outside, there is a pleasant patio with a table and chairs which is accessed from the patio door in the lounge. Beyond this area, the garden gives way to a spacious lawn with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the sun, or perhaps sit outside with evening drinks or an alfresco meal. There is ample-off road parking.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

  • 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

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 27 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Nicola 23rd March 2019

This was our second visit to this property. As usual it was incredibly clean very comfortable and tastefully decorated . The enclosed garden is a bonus and the garden chairs were used as we were so lucky in choosing one of the warmest sunniest weeks this year so far. Sturminster is such a pretty place lots of interesting shops and cafes. We will beRead more back. Hide

Reviewed by 16th March 2019

Very comfortable and clean accommodation. Very well positioned for access to the local countryside and amenities. A lovely place to stay with or without a dog. We really appreciated the Welcome Pack. The local pubs (The Swan and The Bull) served excellent food. Local museum worth a visit too.

Reviewed by R 9th March 2019

The cottage itself is lovely in a really quiet location lots of birds singing the road to the cottage is very narrow so take care. We had a great time even though the weather was awful.

Reviewed by Michael 2nd March 2019

The cottage was very comfortable apart from the heating. Very well equipped and the dog safe garden was perfect. The location in the centre town was also very good.

Reviewed by Heather 23rd February 2019

Lovely cottage - great location - beautiful decor - great for pets as great garden.

Reviewed by Lynne 9th February 2019

Perfect,this was one of the VERY best cottages we have ever stayed in ,perfect for the dog,lovely enclosed garden ,the attention to detail in this property is amazing ,its immacuately presented, the decor has been upgraded and the older pictures dont really do it justice,we had a welcome card ,chocolates ,wine and a pint of milk left for us , and wRead moreill definitely be returning to this property again. Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 26th December 2018

We had a lovely relaxing Christmas break. The coach house is cosy and clean and has every thing we could wish for. Fully enclosed garden for dogs. Lovely walks by the river Stour and the local village and pub is ideal. We would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Dereck 8th December 2018

The cottage is only 2 minutes from the town, with some nice walks for dogs. The garden is enclosed so safe for dogs to be let out in to play. There is off road parking. So everything you would need.

Reviewed by Mark 17th November 2018

Ideal location. The local pub (The Swan) is literally 2 minutes walk away and very dog friendly with lovely food. Lovely dog walks nearby.

Reviewed by Dawn 29th October 2018

We had a great holiday here with our 2 dogs. Great size for a couple and very comfy. Secure garden which would be lovely to sit in in summer. Good location to visit other parts of Dorset and the New Forest. Very quiet but central location in town

Reviewed by Robert 6th October 2018

Very comfortable cottage - good bed and excellent settee and large chair. Handy for local shops, pub and walks around the village. Quiet location along a small lane and a few hundred yards from the main road. Very secure garden for our 2 small dogs - who would have explored further if they had the chance.

Reviewed by chris 29th September 2018

Great location for getting around.Perfect garden for our Bassets,fully enclosed and no escapes.Dog gate at bottom of the stairs was a nice touch.

Reviewed by Tracey Ann 22nd September 2018

We had a fantastic week at the old Coach house. The location was amazing. We have a large dog and the walks were brilliant. The garden was fantastic for dogs and lovely also to sit outside. The cottage is very comfortable and we loved it. Thank you to Hayley for the wine and Chocolates. We loved it so much we have booked it twice next year .

Reviewed by Paul 1st September 2018

A comfortable property in a great, quiet location, with a secure dog friendly garden.

Reviewed by William 4th August 2018

Ideal for people with dogs

Reviewed by David 30th June 2018

Everything previously written about this property is true. Clean, spacious with all modern extras, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi. The welcoming bottle of Wine and Chocolates were there, plus a card. It was very hot on the week we stayed, but the Lodge was cool and there is always a shady spot in the fully enclosed garden. 2 minute walk one way to the Town Centre Read moreand 2 minutes the other way and your on the banks of the River Stour. Lots of walks and the locals are all very friendly. Would definitely return. Hide

Reviewed by Maria 23rd June 2018

From the minute we walked into the Old Coach House we felt welcomed and at home. The gifts and card left by the owners were just a lovely thought. Our dogs loved the garden which was always cool in the evening and was totally secure. The location is perfect, being such hot weather it was great to be so near to all the essentials. Top marks for the Read moreSwan Inn (fabulous food and genuinely nice staff.) and Holebrooks butcher. Dog walks were great. Hide

Reviewed by Christine 16th June 2018

Well equipped dog friendly cottage with large enclosed garden. Easy 2 minute walk to town centre. Good base for exploring both rural and coastal Dorset.

Reviewed by Natascha 9th June 2018

Garden is beautiful: great seating area, huge lawn, really private. Lovely peaceful location close to river, great walks for the dog from the door. Shower is rubbish but bath is good, sofa quite uncomfortable. No dishwasher but the kitchen has everything else you need. If you just want to get away from it all but still have lots of local amenities Read morejust a short walk up the road this is ideal. Hide

Reviewed by Alan 19th May 2018

Very pleasant accommodation down a very narrow lane 5 minutes walk from the local pub. It looks deceptively small from the outside but the living area, kitchen and bathroom downstairs are all a reasonable size and well equipped. The bedroom is quite small with a sloping roof so you have to mind your head. The bed itself is very comfortable though. Read moreThere is a good sized garden with a patio and garden furniture, ideal for sundowners (weather permitting). Overall ideal for a couple for a week. Hide

Reviewed by Jill 12th May 2018

We found this little cottage cosy and welcoming. Lovely large enclosed area for the dog. Short walking distance to all amenities,.....perfect location.

Reviewed by Andrew 5th May 2018

The Coach House was perfect for the two of us and our dog. The enclosed garden meant that the dog was able to be outside without problem and the patio was sunny for most of the day. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and made a great base to explore the area with some excellent walks on the doorstep. We would return.

Reviewed by Christina 28th April 2018

We had a wonderful week in The Coach house in Sturminster Newton. Just perfectly situated for walks by the river Stour, shops, The sea, The Golden Hill Shaftsbury where the advert for hovis was made, we walked the steep cobbles it was great exercise. We managed to get locked out one day and Hayley the owner drove for half an hour to let us in. FiveRead more star service and accommodation. Thank you Ade, Christina and westie Lola Hide

Reviewed by Edna 14th April 2018

Very comfortable, had everything we needed, home from home. The Coach house is in a brilliant location to get to lots of different places. We had a fabulous week

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