Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Wren Cottage is a warm and characterful modern home with everything you could want for a self catering holiday in Dorset. Nearby is the village pub, The Martyrs, and a lovely play area with seating and views. Athelhampton House is a 1.5 miles away and the County Town of Dorchester is 7.5 miles away, although Puddletown, 2.3 miles, offers a comprehensive village shop with butcher. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast lies 11.5 miles away and the property is close to Max Gate, the home of Thomas Hardy; Monkey World; The Tank Museum at Bovington and numerous other visitor attractions.

The pretty little village of Tolpuddle sits in the Piddle Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and this delightful detached cottage forms part of an historic village amongst picturesque thatched cottages. Tolpuddle is famous for The Martyrs, six farm labourers arrested in 1834 for trade union activity and sentenced to transportation to Australia. Thousands of people protested and, after three years, the men returned to England with free pardons and were treated as heroes.

The village boasts a lovely C12 church, the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, the Martyrs Inn, and a Village Hall.

You can enjoy delightful walks using the wealth of footpaths and bridleways nearby and can take a walk along the River Piddle to the C15 Athelhampton House and Gardens, with its Restaurant/tea room.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Ringstead Bay 18 km
Will consider House swap
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bournemouth 37 km, Nearest railway: Dorchester West 13 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture King Beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The hall with exposed brickwork and stone floor leads to the oak floored Living Room with twin leather sofas, a TV with DVD player and freeview, I Pod docking station and plenty of games and jigsaws and a supply of DVDs. An electric "wood burner" completes the homely effect.

The Kitchen Diner has a gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer drier, dishwasher, Dolce Gusto coffee maker, butler sink and beech worktops. Neptune painted furniture throughout is offset by the stone floor. Plenty of tourist information and reading matter is provided from recipe books to novels to tourist guides.

There is a cloakroom on the ground floor.

Upstairs, there is a king size bedroom with lovely views and plenty of storage, a twin bedroom (3' beds) again with views, a bathroom with over bath shower and a newly fitted super shower room.

Free Wi-fi is available.

We are pleased to offer you a discount and the village pub and at nearby Athelhampton House.

Further details outdoors

The cottage offers parking for 2 cars, beautifully planted front and rear gardens with garden furniture and BBQ.

The rear garden is enclosed and secure for your dogs who are welcome to stay at £15 per head per holiday. You can take several walks from the cottage - there is an outside tap for muddy boots and paws!

The shed offers space for storage of bicycles if you would rather cycle than walk in this beautiful part of West Dorset.

For children, it is a short walk to Orchard Meadow with play equipment, seating, wildlife habitat and space to relax.

The Dorset region

The West Country covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, which is the most easterly. Dorset is probably most famous for its coastline - the World Heritage Jurassic Coast - 95 miles representing 185 million years of geology, home to Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Towns to visit include the County Town of Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Corfe Castle, Bridport, Shaftesbury and Sherborne while villages not to be missed include Cerne Abbas, Abbotsbury and Milton Abbas.

Ancient sites include Dorchester's Roman Town House, The Hardy Monument, St Catherine's Chapel, Kingston Russell Stone Circle, Jordan Hill Roman Temple, Maiden Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, and many more.

The climate in Dorset is mild, less wet, cool and moist than the South-West of England generally.

Dorset is great for lovers of wildlife as its habitats are among the richest for biodiversity in the country. It is also the only county in England without a Motorway!


The County Town of Dorchester offers a good range of shops and places to eat, as well as Museums, Sports facilities, a Market Place and Gardens. On the outskirts is Poundbury, famous internationally as a pioneering example of urban development using principles expounded by The Prince of Wales.

Tolpuddle achieved world renown when, in 1834, six labourers were tried and found guilty of starting a trade union to campaign against the harsh treatment they and thousands of others received from their employers. A museum in the village, just a few hundred yards from the cottage, tells their story.