the stables portraiture studio

an idyllic location in rural dorset

Welcome to The Stables Portraiture Studio. We’re located in an utterly enchanting rural location near Blandford Forum in Dorset in the grounds of Shillingstone House, the family home of Sir Michael & Lady Caroline Salt – featuring some of the most breathtaking views in North Dorset.

‘It’s like a storybook movie set!”
‘What a beautiful studio, it’s like a fairy tale’
‘I want to sit and have my makeup done looking out over that beautiful garden’


 an enchanting hideaway in total serenity

Your wonderful experience begins the moment you turn off the main road into the long tree-lined private drive to The Stables Portraiture Studio – and continues as you enter our studio space.

The studio is located in an utterly charming stable block conversion in a tranquil location on the family estate in the village of Shillingstone. We’re easily accessible from all the major towns in the area; we’re twenty minutes from Sherborne, and Dorchester, Yeovil, Shaftesbury & Wimborne are only thirty minutes’ drive or less. Poole and Bournemouth are also nearby and can be reached in less than forty minutes.

We specialise in :-
beautiful portraiture sessions for women of all ages, including full pamper session & styling
personal branding portraits & commercial headshots for men & women in business
lifestyle family portraits & couples’ portraiture, including engagement sessions

By combining great road links with a stunning countryside location, easy parking and amazing views of Dorset, your portraiture experience at The Stables is exceptional from start to finish.


Studio Opening Hours

The Stables Portraiture Studio is open by appointment between Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Complimentary consultations are welcomed; please call 01258 721630  or use our ‘contact us’ page to arrange your visit.

Find Us

The Stables Portraiture Studio is located off the A357 through Shillingstone, which is the main road between Blandford Forum & Sturminster Newton, so we’re easy to find & well signposted – no need to drive down endless tiny lanes in order to reach us!

The Stables Portraiture Studio
Shillingstone House
Blandford Road
Shillingstone, Dorset

(if using satnav, use postcode DT11 0SF which will take you to Blandford Road, and then use the directions below. Please plan your route before you travel, as mobile data in the vicinity can be patchy).

From Blandford Direction:
When entering the village of Shillingstone, past the Old Ox Pub on the right and up the hill. When you see the village hall (Portman Hall) on the right hand side, look out immediately for a driveway on the left hand side just before the petrol station; look for the signage on the railings to guide you. Drive down the long drive, straight past Shillingstone House and keep straight on until you see The Stables in front of you and to the right.

From Sturminster Newton Direction:
When entering the village of Shilllingstone, drive up the hill and past the vintage shop. You’ll see a petrol station on the right hand side; our driveway is immediately after this – look for the signage on the railings to guide you. Drive down the long drive, straight past Shillingstone House on your left, and keep straight on until you see the Stables in front of you and to the right.

Parking: There is easy and free parking available on site. Please park at the very end of the driveway to The Stables, next to the wood store. We’ll be there to greet you!

Dorset Portrait Photographer

Belinda McCarthy Photography Ltd.
The Stables Portraiture Studio, Shillingstone House, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0RZ
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Company Registration Number 9551009, registered in England & Wales.