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Quiet Dog Friendly Modern Country Cottage With Views In Historic Tolpuddle

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Set In A Very Quiet Location - Easy Access To Dorchester & The Jurassic Coast

Wren Cottage is a modern detached house offers a very well equipped centre for a holiday exploring all the wonders of West Dorset and is set on a hill to offer views of the local countryside from both bedrooms. The excellent Martyrs Inn is a short walk away but you will not be disturbed. You can also walk to the historic Martyrs Museum; a childrens' play area and; with a longer walk, to Athelhampton House and Gardens with tea room and restaurant. It is some 2 miles to Puddletown where there is a village shop with post office and butchers and 8 miles to the County Town of Dorchester with its cinema, leisure centre and museums. There is much to explore in the area including the Jurassic coast with Chesil beach, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove; Monkey World, the Tank Museum, Max Gate and Thomas Hardy's cottage to name but a few. Our visitors love this modern yet homely cottage with excellent facilities - we hope you will too! There is allocated off road parking for two cars in front of the cottage.

Helen Frost
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

About Helen Frost

Alan and Helen love Dorset and love sharing their cottage with you as, cheesy though it sounds, if we can't be there all the time, we enjoy you enjoying being there! With effect from February 2014, our new blue roan cocker, Watson, enjoys Dorset too!

We have had a holiday rental cottage in Dorset since 2007.

You will find a good number of reviews on our service on this site and also on Trip Advisor under both West Lane Cottage Piddlehinton and Wren Cottage Tolpuddle.

Why Helen Frost chose Tolpuddle

We love the Piddle Valley - you are near to Dorchester and yet also close to both countryside and coast. There is so much to explore in the area and lots going on. From village fetes, to Farmer's Markets, Jousting at Lulworth Castle, feeding Monkeys at Monkey World, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast or just walking with beautiful views - we truly believe that there is something for everyone in West Dorset. Despite this, you will not find it a crowded place - there is no motorway here and there is a slower pace of life.

What makes this house unique

Tolpuddle is well positioned to visit the whole county - Dorchester, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth, Swanage, Bournemouth and Poole, Bridport, Sandbanks, Corfe Castle, Cerne Abbas, Wimborne, Wareham and Blandford are all easily reached.

We feel that Wren Cottage offers a balance of modern fittings and décor in a rural setting - a peaceful location with views. Many visitors return so we can't be the only ones who love this part of the world!

Do have a look at our Visitor Comments.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A beautiful cottage - you literally have thought of everything - I particularly love your beautiful art work and pictures - it made it feel extremely homely. We also fell in love with your mattress!
Jan 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tolpuddle in Tolpuddle

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Downstairs Cloakroom - Toilet
  • The bathroom has a bath, an over bath shower, basin and WC. The shower room is a much lauded feature of the cottage and has a large and modern shower with choice of shower heads, together with a basin. Do have a look at our photographs. There is a downstairs cloakroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King sized bed with Sealy mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Two 3' beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed, wardrobe and plenty of storage and adjacent shower room. Bedroom 2 has a full sized twin beds, wardrobe, bedside cabinets and adjacent bathroom. Both rooms have lovely countryside views and are very quiet. We provide a hairdryer.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We hope that we have thought of everything that you could need on holiday. We regularly visit ourselves so this is truly a "home from home" and not just a holiday let. The standard of furniture and equipment in the cottage is high (Neptune, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer). Great attention has been paid to "the little things" - from recipe books in the kitchen to a plug in revolving fan in the master bedroom for when it gets really hot in the summer! Some visitors have returned several times already and have recommended us to their friends. Outside: The rear garden is a particular feature of the cottage - it is private and enclosed and offers a pretty patio area and much planting to provide colour all year round. We have a table and chairs with parasol and a BBQ for you to use and a shed which you may use to store bicycles. A short walk will take you to the village pub and you can take various other walks from the cottage either to the Martyrs' Museum or perhaps a longer walk to Athelhampton House and Gardens. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage will be cleaned before you arrive and we provide all bed linen, hand and bath towels throughout together with tea towel & oven glove. There is washing up liquid and some dishwasher tabs. For longer stays, the cleaners will call each Friday. Other: There is a ground floor cloakroom.


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Quiet Dog Friendly Modern Country Cottage With Views In Historic Tolpuddle
average rating of 4.909091 based on 26 reviews

Gorgeous cottage, well furnished and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Property very much as described, well equipped, well furnished and comfortable. The village is quiet, with a lovely dog friendly pub. The owners have left maps and lots of ideas for things to do, including walks. We would definitely recommend this cottage to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review Helen - from our email correspondence after your stay, it was particularly good to know that you enjoyed the maps and information about walks in particular and that you found the beds so comfortable. We too have stayed in cottages where they were not and it is very important! Thank you for your kind recommendation to others and we hope to hear from you again.
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Peace wrapped up in a beautiful rural cottage ❤️

  • 5 of 5

Wren Cottage is deceiving to the eye for a two bed cottage. It feels far bigger when you’re inside - so much so my daughter wants a house like it now!! Pristine inside and out with everything you could possibly want. Bit weird having no Vodafone signal inside the house but good WiFi so my children’s lives could continue without spontaneous meltdowns over no internet!!!! We had to cut our stay short by a night but Helen was very gracious about us leaving early and understood our situation. We will absolutely be back at some point. Oh and the Martyrs Inn food was lovely! Thank you for a wonderful couple of days of relaxation and fresh country air.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's very kind of you to review Wren Cottage, Sarah, thank you. So glad you enjoyed it and only wish you could have stayed for the whole time you had hoped to. Sorry about the Vodaphone signal - Dorset is a bit of a black spot for some networks I'm afraid but at least the wi-fi meant you could stay in touch with those you needed to. The Martyrs Inn are always happy to let you use their phone if you can't get a signal too. We hope to welcome you again at some point. Best wishes
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Lovely cottage with everything you could possible need.

  • 5 of 5

Wren cottage is a home from home, fabulous accomodation with everything you could need from a coffee machine to dishwasher tablets!

Very well presented with a homely modern decor.

Great location for exploring Dorset.

Local pub, literally around the corner, a warm welcome with good ale and food.

Excellent communication with owners when needed, friendly and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your break at Wren Cottage and that you found it a great base for discovering the many delights of West Dorset. We do try to provide all home comforts and we like a nice coffee in the mornings! The Martyrs Inn is very handy isn't it - we were a little nervous at first that it might be noisy but we never hear anything despite its close proximity. You'd be very welcome to return!
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Lovely few days here!

  • 5 of 5

Great location for visiting the Dorset coast & area in general. We had dry weather and even sunshine so did fabulous walks along front at Weymouth, Branscombe and Swanage. Cottage was great for us with everything we needed, garden was particularly good for the dog - secure and hardstanding! Would definitely recommend a stay here, locals we met in the pub were very friendly too!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always good to hear from our holidaymakers and to know that they enjoyed the cottage and Dorset scenery as much as we do! As you discovered, there are some fabulous walks to be had along the coast and many are dog friendly. So nice to hear that you would recommend us and that the cottage had all that you needed, including a safe and secure dog friendly garden - not something easily found! Thank you for persevering to get your review posted.
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Super Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Originally booked to stay at the owners cottage in Piddlehinton but due to an unavoidable problem at the cottage I was offered Wren Cottage for my stay.

Great property with everything you could possibly need. Quiet with very comfortable beds and two bathrooms was a bonus with excellent shower. Lovely garden too.

Kitchen has everything you need too and of a good size.

Lovely location and loads of places to visit nearby. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door well worth a visit and Abbotsbury Gardens were lovely. Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum just up the road and very interesting. Hardys cottage interesting and great cafe at Thorncombe woods nearby.

Martyrs Inn serves excellent food and the Sunday lunch is a must.

Very dog friendly and my dog Murphy had a great time as there are lots of walks nearby and Puddletown Forest is just a short drive away.

The owners Helen and Alan are superb! Great at sorting my stay at Wren Cottage when I was unable to stay at the cottage I had booked with them in Piddlehinton and they even left credit for me at the Martyrs Inn due to the change in cottages which was very kind and above my expectations.

Would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone for a stay in Dorset as it is so close to places to visit and so comfortable to come back to.

Would definitely return

Many Thanks

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so sorry to have to move you from West Lane to Wren Cottage due to a leaking water tank. Although we were lucky enough to get a plumber out within 20 minutes of discovering the problem, he was unable to fix it in time for you to stay and the job was completed later that week. It was great to read that you enjoyed our cottage in Tolpuddle and the West Dorset region in general. Thank you for all your kind comments and for telling us about the Under The Greenwood Tree café at Higher Bockhampton. Good too to hear about the Martrys Museum and pub which are both very close to the cottage. While you were at the Martyrs Inn on Sunday, we were having a roast at Athelhampton House so I am sure both meals were equally good! Murphy, like Watson, enjoys Dorset because, as you say, there are lots of walks to be had and I must say that the oilseed rape makes a big difference to the scenery at this time of year - I have posted some photographs on facebook! It is very nice to know that you "Would definitely return" - at least you know that West Lane Cottage now has a brand new water tank!
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What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

Wren Cottage is a beautiful holiday home! So clean and comfortable. Has everything you could need. Its so well decorated and obviously has been done with real care and to a high spec. I really didn't want to come home.

From the first enquiry Helen was so lovely to deal with and so professional. Great customer service, great booking system. Incredibly detailed information. A joy to deal with.

There is so much to see and do in Dorset. We visited Monkey World, Swanage, Chesil Beach and Dorchester.

Cant wait to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Wren Cottage. We are glad you found it clean and comfortable with everything you could need. It has just been redecorated with Dorset based Farrow & Ball of course and the Neptune furniture was also locally supplied. It's good to hear that you found dealing direct with the owner worthwhile - I think the owner is often best placed to advise on local attractions and so on and it is so much easier to liaise one to one rather than through an agency. As you say, there is much to visit in the area - I have no doubt you will find more attractions when you return next year - Corfe beckons as does Cerne Abbas, Kimmeridge, West Bay and Bridport to name just a few!
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Nearest Airport
37 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle
Nearest Ferry
19 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
21 Kilometres
Came Down
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Dorchester West
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
The Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle
Nearest Ski
12 Kilometres
Warmwell, Dorchester
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Ringstead Bay
Car: recommended


12 miles to Ringstead Bay - Around 700 yards of shingle beach with uncovered sand once the tide goes out. There are also rock pools at the western end and an offshore reef that is uncovered by the tide. The beach is overlooked by unspoilt farmland and cliffs.

A 12 mile journey will also take you to Durdle Door, 15 miles to Lulworth Cove, 18 to Chesil Beach or 16 miles to Weymouth.


The nearest airport is Bournemouth International - 23 miles/35 km

The nearest ferry port is at Weymouth - 18 miles/29 km

There are two train stations in Dorchester - 10 miles/17 km

There is a bus stop in the village


The nearest village with a shop, post office and butcher is Puddletown - 2.5 miles/4 km

The County Town of Dorchester - 10 miles/17 km

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum - 0.4 miles/700 meters

The Martyrs Inn - 100m

Monkey World - 8 miles/13 km

Durdle Door - 12 miles/19 km

Thomas Hardy's Cottage - 8 miles/12 km

Further Details:

Supermarkets - Waitrose - 10 miles/16 km; Tesco - 11 miles/18 km

Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre at Dorchester - 11 miles/17 km

Banks - Dorchester - 11 miles/17 km

Cinema - Dorchester - 11 miles/17 km


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
When booking, we ask you to complete a Booking Form and to sign our Terms and Conditions - if you book via this site, you will be asked to do this once Owners Direct release your details to us after payment of the deposit. A deposit of 25% is payable unless there are fewer than 60 days before the start of your holiday in which case the amount is payable in full. If your holiday starts more than 60 days ahead, the balance is due 60 days before the start of your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Friday but we may be able to be flexible out of season or at short notice - do ask us.
We ask you to arrive after 3 p.m. and to depart before 10 a.m.

Notes on prices:
The prices quoted are for 7 night holidays. Please ask for details of short break prices.

Please let us know if you wish to bring dogs and tell us what age they are. We charge £20 per holiday for 1 adult dog; £35 for 2 adult dogs. If you have more than 2 dogs, please ask!

We accept payment by cheque, online banking or via Paypal. Do contact us by telephone or try a google search if you wish to assure yourself of our integrity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.