The Area

West Dorset…………a county of Outstanding Natural Beauty

West Dorset lies on the South Coast with the neighbouring counties of Devon to the West and Hampshire to the East. Much of Dorset is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), but is perhaps best known for its Jurassic Coastline. A World Heritage site, the 95 miles of spectacular cliffs and beaches form a jewel in the crown of the natural world. Our cottages are both situated in ‘Thomas Hardy’ country and close to the county town of Dorchester.

An ideal holiday destination, there is something for everyone of any age, with events on throughout the year. Excellent ‘dog-friendly’ pubs and restaurants to enjoy, National Trust houses to visit, County Show and village fetes for all the family and mile upon mile of footpaths to explore, including the South West Coast path. And all of this is readily accessible from either “Piddle” or “Puddle”.


Piddlehinton………in the heart of the Piddle Valley

“The Piddle Valley in rural Dorset is in the very heart of Thomas Hardy country with its deep valleys and rolling green hills.  It’s villages have magical, English names and the valley itself a magical calm beauty.” as described in the Piddle Valley Book of Country Life. The village has its own pub, The Thimble Inn and a delightful church, children’s play area at the Millennium Green, all easily accessible by foot from the cottage.

From Piddlehinton, you can easily reach Dorchester, Sherborne, Wimborne, Bridport, Beaminster, Weymouth and, of course, the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There are local shops in the nearby villages of Charton Down, Puddletown and Piddletrenthide. There is another shop and post office in Cerne Abbas, where you will also find a tea room, a gift shop and 3 pubs.

Location of West Lane Cottage, Piddlehinton
Location of West Lane Cottage, Piddlehinton

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Tolpuddle…….a village steeped in history

Tolpuddle is situated 8 miles to the east of the County Town of Dorchester. At one time the main A35 road ran through the village but it was bypassed some years ago and is now a tranquil place for residents and visitors alike.
The local church, The Martyrs Inn, Village Hall and the Orchard Meadow area with children’s playground all serve the community. The nearby village of Puddletown is just 1.5 miles away and provides a Doctors surgery, and an excellent village shop with butchers and post office and another excellent pub – The Blue Vinny.

Location of Wren Cottage, Tolpuddle
Location of Wren Cottage, Tolpuddle

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