The Old Tack Room

Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset

The Old Tack Room has been created from a former tack room (unsurprisingly!) which adjoins the owner's house, and is now a delightful single storey holiday retreat.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: 2


Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the grounds of their equestrian enterprise in the peaceful village of Ibberton, this charming holiday cottage is furnished and equipped to an excellent standard, with beautiful views towards Bulbarrow Hill to the rear, which is one of Dorset’s highest points. The accommodation includes two bedrooms and an open plan living area with kitchen, dining, and sitting area, and patio doors that open out on to the pretty and private garden. The scenic Ridgeway Trail passes close to the cottage.

Property Details

The Old Tack Room is, as its name suggests, an old tack room now a charming holiday cottage adjoining the owners' house on their small working farm. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Blackmore Vale in the village of Ibberton the cottage has great countryside views towards Bulbarrow Hill, one of Dorset's highest points and where it is well worth a climb for even better views across the county. Surrounding the cottage are many scenic walks with The Ridgeway trail close by and a short stroll will take you to the local pub that serves good food and real ale.

The accommodation at The Old Tack Room is all on the ground floor and comprises of an open plan living area with Freeview TV, DVD player, radio, WiFi and a selection of books and games. There is a dining area with patio doors to the garden and a kitchen equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and a washing machine in the cloakroom that also has a toilet and basin. There are two bedrooms arranged as a double and a twin. There is a shower room with an extra-large shower, basin and toilet. A cot and highchair can be provided upon request.

Outside there is an enclosed lawned garden with a patio complete with furniture and a barbecue. The Old Tack Room welcomes up to two well-behaved dogs. Paddocks and stables are available for guests' horses at £10 per horse per day by prior arrangement. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price. The closest shop is 3 miles away and the nearest pub just 5 minutes walk.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with extra-large shower (off sitting area)
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC (off hallway)
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with patio doors to a private garden
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • All fuel and power included in the rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with a patio, garden furniture and BBQ
  • Drying cupboard
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome at £15 per dog, per week
  • Paddocks and stables available for visitors' horses at £10 per horse, per day by prior arrangement with owner
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 5 mins walk


Cot Available
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Washing machine



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Area Details

Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton is a market town on the River Stour. The town has a medieval six-arch bridge that joins Sturminster to Newton. Thomas Hardy lived here for a time and wrote much of his novel, The Return of the Native, while a resident at Riverside house. Another famous resident was William Barnes, a popular Dorset poet. Located in the Blackmore Vale you are never far away from beautiful country views. The town has a range of shops, a supermarket, chemist and post office as well as cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Every Monday the town holds a market with local produce to tempt. Visit the towns working watermill that still produces flour every fortnight, take a tour and learn the history behind this historic building. There are great country walks from the Mill to enjoy. There are some great villages to explore close by, most with pubs to experience.

In the middle of September, the area gathers for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. This festival has grown hugely size since it began and is a celebration of all things cheese. The festival is not limited to cheese so it is a great event to explore the best from local Dorset food and drink producers. Live music, bales to sit on while you munch your food, entertainment for the children, all with the backdrop of beautiful country views. Something for everybody and a great family day out.

Explore the North Dorset Trailway, transformed into a walk and cycle path. The trail now leads from Sturminster Newton all the way through Blandford Forum to Spetisbury. It is around 14 miles in total but more sections are planned to open soon. It is one of the best ways to appreciate all the countryside around you with lots of attractions to visit on your way. Visit Sturminster Newton Museum in a beautiful thatched building in the centre of the town. It shows exhibits to do with the local history of the town, the local railways, and even local poets. There is also a souvenir and gift shop and admission is free.

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