Welcome to Stable Cottage

a charming and cosy bed & breakfast near the New Forest

Welcome to Stable Cottage Bed and Breakfast, our delightful 16th century cottage in the hamlet of Wick.  Built in 1556, Stable Cottage is just outside the attractive village of Downton, seven miles from the historic cathedral city of Salisbury.  On the border of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, Stable Cottage is the perfect base to explore the coast, visit historic towns or simply enjoy the glorious countryside in this beautiful part of England.


Double room £95 per night, including breakfast, based on two people staying.   For extra occupancy of the single room, an additional charge of £15 (for a child under 14) or £20 for anyone over 14. This option is only available to the same family/group.

To check availability please visit the “book now” page, phone 07788 586135 or email info@stablecottagebnb.co.uk. Payment is by bank transfer or cash only (we are unable to take credit cards).

Check in and departure

Rooms are available from 4.00pm – 6.00pm (other times by prior arrangement). Check out is no later than 10.0am. It would be greatly appreciated if an estimated time of arrival could be provided.


Stable Cottage has been our family home for 30 years. Initially it was a cottage with a separate barn in the garden, but in 2001 we linked the two together as we needed more room for the family. Now the cottage provides the perfect accommodation for guests, being completely private, with it’s own entrance.

1-3 guests

The accommodation comprises a breakfast/dining room downstairs; upstairs we offer a main double bedroom featuring a kingsize bed on a painted wooden bed frame, with a private shower room and separate bathroom at the end of the landing. Additional accommodation for a further adult or child in a single bedroom, with a generous four foot divan bed, is also available at an additional price, but please note that the extra room is only available to the same family/group. We hope you enjoy the comfortable rooms, complimentary toiletries and quality 100% cotton bedlinen and towels. Please email info@stablecottagebnb.co.uk or call 07788 586135 if you wish to book the extra room as this option is only available by booking direct.

Home Cooked Evening Meals

I’m delighted to offer a home cooked evening meal, which might be welcome on your first night (especially if you’ve had a long drive and can’t face going out again!). All the food is prepared and made in my kitchen on the Aga. Please let me know your choices 24 hours before arrival, and the time you’d like your meal served.

Main courses:

  • Classic Fish Pie – with a combination of salmon, cod and undyed smoked haddock in a delicious parsley sauce, topped with creamy potato and leek mash and a sprinkling of grated Cheddar
  • Chicken, bacon and leek pie, with a lattice puff pastry topping served with seasonal vegetables and boiled or mashed potato
  • Boeuf Bourguignonne, the classic French beef casserole, served with seasonal vegetables and boiled or mashed potato
  • Steak & Ale pie, served with seasonal vegetables and boiled or mashed pototo
  • Chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella & fresh basil and wrapped in proscuitto, served with diced roast potatoes and French beans
  • Roasted butternut squash, mushroom and fresh spinach risotto (v)
  • Roasted vegetable lasagne, with a combination of peppers, courgettes, aubergine, tomatoes and onions (v)
  • Tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce – using an authentic Italian recipe
  • Lasagne with Bolognese sauce


  • Apple and blackberry crumble, served with a choice of vanilla ice cream or custard
  • Bakewell Tart, served with cream
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding, served with vanilla ice cream
  • Warm chocolate brownie, served with vanilla ice cream
  • Apple Tarte Tatin, served with crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream

For two courses I charge £20 per head, including a complimentary bottle of white or red wine.

Things to do

New Forest National Park

One of the most beautiful places in the world, with outstanding views. A genuine walker’s paradise with miles and miles of traffic free tracks leading you into the heart of the Forest. View: Newforest National Park Web site

Salisbury Cathedral

The Cathedral was built in just 38 years (AD1220-1258), it boasts the highest spire in England, and an original copy of the Magna Carta and the oldest known working clock. View: Salisbury Cathedral


Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain and has attracted visitors from earliest times. It stands as a timeless monument to the people who built it. View: Stonehenge


A peaceful and enjoyable stay – delicious food and beautiful room

We’ve really enjoyed our stay in a lovely cottage with a lovely host!  Very much enjoyed the home baking.


An amazing stay…and your two dogs are a joy!


Absolutely stunning!  The attention to detail is second to none, a real home from home.  Emma has been a superstar, from our late arrival on the Friday and right the way through the room, dining area and facilities, coupled with all the finishing touches are amazing  One of the nicest places we have ever stayed in.  I look forward to a return trip.


Quite the loveliest B&B we’ve every stayed in.  Beautiful setting, thoughtful touches, cosy, welcoming and a wonderful hostess.  We shall be recommending Stable Cottage to everyone!  Thank you!

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and comfort.  The lemon drizzle cake was heavenly.  Many thanks too for the advice on the local area. We’ll doubtless be back!
The best B&B we’ve stayed in  – a lovely comfortable bed and hospitality.  Welcoming dogs as well!  Lovely people – we will come again.

What an amazing place for us and the kids to stay.  Fantastic home made food and a cosy home to rest our heads after a long day!  Thank you so much for thought and care throughout the 2 night stay.


Thank you Emma!  What a delight it was staying the night in this lovely B&B.  Over and above our expectations. Absolutely loved breakfast.  Many thanks.


Book your stay!

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