The Stable Cottage

Sherborne, Dorset
+44 (0)1963 220205

An immaculate cottage in estate gardens – stroll across to the local pub; climb Corton Hill for fine views over Dorset/Somerset countryside


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

Settle in for a tranquil slice of country life in this very comfortable, courtyard conversion with its views over tree-lined lawns to woodland spiked by the village church tower and Corton Hill. You’ve your own small, sheltered garden and are welcome to wander the wider manor grounds, Robin’s great passion; admire the billowing herbaceous borders, the prolific vegetable garden, rare trees, orchards and lake.

You’ll find fresh produce from the walled garden on the next-door, award-winning, Queens Arms’ menu, and good food and markets in nearby Sherborne, Bruton and Castle Carey. The walk via Corton Hill and Corton Ridge to Cadbury Castle is a treat, so is a day or two on the local long-distance paths.

Rambling summer roses; cosy evenings by the wood-burner; gorgeous gardens and stately homes to visit: a quintessentially English retreat.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace, quiet and prolific birdlife of the manor grounds
  • Roaming the inspirational estate, including the arboretum and walled garden (10am-4pm daily)
  • Having Jane and Robin on hand for advice and help, if needed
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You should know

  • The Stable Cottage is next to the owners’ home
  • You’ll need a car to explore locally
  • Church bells ring from just across the lane


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3.30pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Children over 8 welcome.
Christmas, New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
Singles £120-£800.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms


We have just come back from a very enjoyable week at The Stable Cottage. Janie & Robin are perfect hosts & the cottage was just lovely with everything you could wish for. Clean & comfortable, & so peaceful, with Woodpeckers and Hares to watch out of the window. We were able to take advantage of a look round the gardens at the main house, which are stunning. A credit to the owners. There is a lot to do in the area, such as National Trust properties & wonderful walks. We will just have to book another stay.

Kathy & Ian, Nantwich, Cheshire

The Stable Cottage was perfect in every way. Comfortable and very well appointed. Well equipped kitchen and good laundry facilities. The bed was comfortable with no sound to be heard. The cottage is set in 5 acres of exquisite gardens. Robin and Janey are wonderful and considerate hosts. They went out of their way to ensure that everything was just right for us. Corton Denham is a beautiful village. The Queen’s Arm pub, 100 metres down the road, is a gem. Wonderful walks with superb views to be had too. We were here for two weeks. Thank you so much for making our time here so special

David & Lizzie, Arrowtown

What a beautiful place to stay! Janie and Robyn are delightful people who have an amazing house and gardens which we had the fortune to look around. Any garden enthusiast would be in heaven here. The cottage is perfect, beautiful rooms, lovely and clean and lots of special touches. Janie has thought of everything. It’s been a super week and we hope very much to return in the future. You will not be disappointed if you stay here it’s a fabulous find!

Jayne, Norwich

The Stable has such a lovely setting within the grounds of Corton Denham house. All is peace and tranquility here. Bedrooms are deeply comfortable and bathrooms luxurious. There are great walks from the village, and Jane and Robin's 5 acre garden will enchant you with its lake, walled gardens and flower borders - not to mention incredible specimen trees. On the Dorset/Somerset borders there are so many interesting small market towns to visit and famous gardens too.

Angie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Manor House and Stables Cottage are in the picturesque small village of Corton Denham - with its church, good food pub and rolling countryside walks. The long-distance Macmillan and Monarch’s Way run close by. The shops, Abbey and Gardens of Sherborne are a ten-minute drive; the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis, less than an hour. Plan a day visiting fine gardens at Forde Abbey, Stourhead, Montacute House, Barrington Court and East Lambrook.

Local points of interest from Jane Odgers

  • Corton Denham is nestled below Corton Hill, amongst rolling countryside on the Dorset/Somerset border. The village has a renowned local pub, serving delicious food and a wide selection of drinks, much of which is produced locally.
  • There are many walks close by, including the Macmillan and Monarch Way providing long distance walks. Cadbury Castle is nearby and provides a local walk, taking in Corton Hill or Corton Ridge. Many other footpaths criss cross the local area.
  • The ancient Abbey town of Sherborne is situated 4 miles away, where many independent shops thrive and there are regular markets. Other local towns are Bruton and Castle Cary, where there are interesting restaurants and galleries, such as Hauser and Wirth.
  • Sherborne has 2 castles, the ruins of the Old Castle and the New Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh, is set amongst a deer park and lake. Sherborne Abbey and Abbey Close are of particular note as the centrepiece of the town.
  • National Trust and English Heritage properties nearby include Stourhead and King Alfred's Tower, Lytes Cary, Montacute House, East Lambrook, Forde Abbey, Tintinhull, Muchelney Abbey, Glastonbury Tor, Barrington Court.
  • Just under an hour away is the Jurassic Coast, from Lyme Regis and its famous Cobb, to West Bay, with its dramatic coast line. Continue along to Abbotsbury and The Fleet, to Lulworth Cove and Castle, Corfe Castle and Studland Bay.


Jane Odgers

The Odgers greet guests to The Stables Cottage and their manor gardens with great warmth. They’ve been designing and developing the five splendid acres surrounding their home for more than 20 years. Robin, a retired doctor, is particularly passionate and knowledgeable about trees and has some very fine specimens. Fruit and vegetables from the walled garden are also supplied to the local pub – The Queens Arms – a mere stone’s throw from the cottage.