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“A Real Gem”
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Wren Cottage sits in an elevated and quiet position in the historic village of Tolpuddle
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Wren Cottage sits in an elevated and quiet position in the historic village of Tolpuddle
A modern kitchen diner with painted units and furniture.  Patio doors lead out onto the garden The dining end of the kitchen - light and bright with country furniture from Neptune
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Wren Cottage sits in an elevated and quiet position in the historic village of Tolpuddle
A modern kitchen diner with painted units and furniture.  Patio doors lead out onto the garden
The dining end of the kitchen - light and bright with country furniture from Neptune
The lounge has flat screen tv, dvd, wi-fi, ipod docking, many games, dvds, and books
Close up of the cast iron electric 'wood burner' - great for a cosy evening in
The king size bedroom is wonderfully quiet - and has views.  Many comment on the comfort of the bed!
The twin bedroom is lovely and bright and has views over countryside.
The view from the bedrooms looks over beautiful countryside - walk on a footpath from the village
The spacious shower room is adjacent to the Main Bedroom - Dorset based Farrow and Ball paints!
A Bathroom with hand held shower attachment is adjacent to the twin bedroom
The garden is a good size - it is safe and fully enclosed.  There is furniture, a parasol and BBQ
The Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle is nearby and offers great service, good food and a friendly welcom
Burger and Chips at the Martyrs Inn - we are pleased to offer you a discount here
Athelhampton (1.5 miles) a C15 Manor House with gardens, shop, tea room/restaurant, & art gallery
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum is a short walk away and tells the story of the Martyrs
The Methodist Chapel, Tolpuddle with memorial arch to the Martyrs
The nearby children's play area has been much praised by visitors
Tolpuddle Village - the old main road runs through the village leaving it nice and quiet these days
Fishing is available at Tolpuddle - a short walk from the cottage
Monkey World - a great day out for all the family
The Piddle Valley boasts some spectacular views - an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The locals are very friendly at the seaside - try Lulworth, Weymouth, West Bay (Broadchurch)
Dogs are welcome at Wren Cottage - our cocker spaniel Watson enjoying the beach
The village of Moreton (6 miles) - tea rooms, gardens, fabulous church windows, T E Lawrence's grave
Kimmeridge - a new reason to visit is the fabulous Etches Collection of fossils
Nearby Stinsford has the grave of Thomas Hardy
Look out for deer, badgers and hares
Lower Bockhampton - Lovely walk from Stanford, Yalbury Cottage Restaurant & Hardy Visitor Centre
The Dorset County Show - something for everyone to enjoy
We have yet to find a pub which is not dog friendly and many beaches are too - we'll send you a list
From Ringstead Bay you can walk along the coastal path
St Catherine's Chapel - one of many reasons to visit Abbotsbury - the Swannery and Gardens too
Lyme Regis makes for a great day out
Portland lighthouse - windy and wild
Sculpture by the lakes - some 5 miles away - is a haven of peace and tranquility
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Dorchester, Dorset, England

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Chris A
Bognor Regis
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Real Gem”
Reviewed 3 September 2015 for a stay in October 2014

We love this cottage. We're booked to go back for a sixth time this October. It is comfortable, well equipped, warm (important to us as we go in the autumn and winter!) and literally a stone's throw from The Martyr's Inn which is a true local pub. Tolpuddle village is pretty and quiet, with an interesting history - the pub name gives a clue!

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Liked best: The comfort and location
Liked least: That we only booked one week!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
We have a lady coming this Autumn for the sixth time in two years so some of you out there like Wren Cottage! I think the Autumn is a great time to holiday in the UK and the lack of traffic in this area is a real boon and gives you peace and space to explore the beautiful coast and countryside that West Dorset has to offer. Have a great stay!
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anderj
Berkshire
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Stay”
Reviewed 2 September 2015 for a stay in December 2014

This is a modern cottage, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The owners have tastefully decorated and furnished the cottage in a "modern country" style and have provided everything you could possibly need. We were very thrilled to be able to take our 2 Labradors and there was lots of room for their beds in the kitchen.
I have only recently realised that I could leave review for the cottage on TripAdvisor, maybe I should be keeping it a secret!

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Liked best: comfort
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
First of all, thank you for "sharing the secret." There is something special about returning to the same holiday location each year as it takes away the anxiety of not knowing what you are going to find. I have a background in Interior Design so it has been our pleasure to furnish our cottages and to provide everything you might want for a self catering stay.
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Reviewed 2 September 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
We have a background of customer service and property and decided that providing holiday cottages was something we would enjoy doing. We chose the Piddle Valley as we love the area and felt others would too. The cottages are holiday lets but are also regularly used by us so we hope that this means that everything you could need is provided as we treat them as true homes. It is always so heartening to hear our visitors lovely comments - thank you.
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Jobob T
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“Wonderful haven!”
Reviewed 2 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This is just such a lovely cottage, close enough to the village, but also quiet and secluded. The rooms and furnishings are immaculate and everything you need or want is here. The garden is a real sun trap, perfect for evening drinks or breakfast.

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Management Response
2 Sep 2015
We chose the cottage because of its location, set high with views but also quiet. We wondered whether there would be noise from the nearby Martrys Inn but, as you discovered, you don't hear a thing despite it only being a few steps away. Tolpuddle is a quiet part of West Dorset! I know that you are coming back next year and I hope the weather allows you to enjoy the garden again then. Thanks for taking the time to post a review.
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Stephen M
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The Perfect Cottage”
Reviewed 19 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

I am writing this review following a third stay at Wren Cottage. Returning to this lovely cottage is very much like ‘coming home’. It is one of those places you rarely discover where everything is perfect.
In every respect a stay at Wren Cottage is ideal. It is clean, very well appointed, nicely located both within the village and the county of Dorset. Above all it is clear the owners take care to do everything they can to ensure your stay is enjoyable.
The nearby Martyrs Inn is an added bonus, with good food served by pleasant staff.
Dorset is a lovely county with many attractions and I cannot think of a better base than Wren Cottage to visit the County’s many charms.
Looking at previous reviews I see I am not alone in thinking Wren Cottage is excellent. The owners sister cottage, West Lane Cottage at Piddlehinton also gets excellent reviews which tells you far more than I ever can.
We left with regret we had not booked a longer stay.

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Liked best: Returning.
Liked least: Leaving.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
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Management Response
19 Jul 2015
I feel somewhat overwhelmed reading this! Thank you! It sounds cheesy, but I can't be on holiday in beautiful Dorset then the next best thing is allowing other people to enjoy it as much as we do. When our daughter was small, we used to regularly stay in a lovely cottage near Penzance and so I really know what you mean about "coming home". Because we use our cottages ourselves, we hope they are "home from home" to visitors as much as to us.
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