This very pretty thatched cottage is in the tranquil historic village of Tolpuddle, surrounded by beautiful countryside and just 15 miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. With direct access to miles of footpaths and tracks that lead from the village, it is perfect for you and your dogs and a short drive takes you to some of Dorset's major attractions.
Tolpuddle Cottage was recently built with cosy under-floor heating and a very sociable open plan ground floor, with kitchen, dining and living areas along with a ground floor cloakroom. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom with a king-size bed and en suite shower-room. The second bedroom has a super-king size bed which can be split into two three foot singles and the third bedroom has a truckle bed. The family bathroom has a bath with a shower over.
Tolpuddle is the home of the Trade Union movement and the small village museum, which is free, documents the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and their fight for workers' rights; every year a festival is held in the village.
The village has a good local pub where guests will receive a 10% discount and there is so much to explore on your doorstep; Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum, are just eight miles from Tolpuddle Cottage. Fans of Thomas Hardy can visit his birthplace and Casterbridge (Dorchester) as in The Mayor Of Casterbridge, the county town of Dorset, with some great cafes, the Tutankhamen Museum and the Dinosaur Museum, which children will remember long after their visit.
A short drive takes you to the historic market town of Wareham, gateway to Purbeck and the beginning of the Jurassic Coast; enjoy the National Trust's Corfe Castle or have a memorable ride on the Swanage Steam Train which runs beside this magnificent castle. Nearby historic Athelhampton House and Gardens is well worth a visit, with a restaurant to indulge in delicious holiday treats; Athelhampton House is also a wedding venue, so Tolpuddle Cottage is ideal if you want to extend your stay in Dorset after a memorable family celebration.
If you feel like a relaxing day on the coast, the safe sandy beaches of Studland and Weymouth are a short drive, or visit the impressive geological features at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. If you are bringing bikes and/or kayaks on holiday with you there is a lockable store in the garage behind the cottage.
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. TV, Blu-ray DVD player and wood-burner effect electric stove. Electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (truckles and recommended for children only)
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
There are steep steps from the house to the raised terrace and patio furniture, then further steps to the parking-area. Every year a summer festival is held in the village, for 2018 the dates are Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July 2018, the village will be exceptionally busy, crowded and live music will be playing most of the weekend. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome (2 dogs over 1 year old only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub .25 miles
- Garden furniture
- Air source heating (under-floor)
Tolpuddle is the middle cottage in the photo, the parking is behind the cottages, turn right before the white thatched cottage.
The sitting-area has books, games and a wood-burner effect electric stove for cosy winter evenings.
The open plan kitchen is very well-equipped and has plenty of space to create some delicious holiday treats.
This lovely open plan cottage allows for a very sociable holiday.
The dining-area has French doors that lead out to the raised terrace.
This pretty area leads from the French doors up to the raised terrace.
This great little play area is a two minute walk from the cottage, it has an enclosed gated-area for small children.
The raised deck behind the cottage has steep steps, please supervise children. Steps then continue up to the parking-area.
Nearby Athelhampton House and Gardens are well worth a visit, they have a restaurant there too.
Bedroom 1 has a comfy five-foot bed and en suite shower-room; it is at the back of the cottage.
Another view of Bedroom 1 which shows the en suite shower-room.
Another view of Bedroom 1 which looks out at the terrrace at the back of the cottage.
Bedroom 2 has a six-foot 'zip and link' bed, seen here as two three-foot singles, but can be made up as a super-king size.
Bedroom 2 is at the front of the cottage and has a six foot 'zip and link' bed, which can be made up as two three-foot single beds if you prefer.
The family bathroom has a shower over the bath
The modern family bathroom is at the front of the cottage.
Another view of the terrace, which catches the sun.
Bedroom 3 looks out over the garden and has a truckle bed, which has a second mattress beneath, suitable for sleeping two children.
A very well-equipped kitchen with electric hob and oven.
The Martyrs Inn is a five minute stroll from Tolpuddle Cottage and guests will receive a 10% discount.
This spectacular view is of Chesil Beach, with Portland in the background taken from the Jurassic Coast road between Weymouth and Bridport; fabulous views in both directions.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in the village tells a very interesting story and is free to visit.
The Saxon walled town of Wareham is gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Kayak hire is available and Wareham Quay has a market and live bands in the summer months.
The little village green and memorial shelter gives details of the village's historic past.
From the other direction, this shows the access to the parking behind the cottage.
Nearby Monkey World is a great day out for all the family.
Corfe Castle stands imposingly above the village of Corfe. The Swanage steam railway runs along the side of the village and stops at the little station there.
Just a 15 minute drive will take you to Bovington Tank Museum.
Taken from the Corfe to Studland Road, from this viewpoint you can see Poole's natural harbour in one direction, and in the other Bournemouth bay across to the Isle of Wight.
The World Heritage Jurassic Coast starts at Old Harry Rocks, near Studland.
Lyme Regis is a fabulous town to visit, always so much to see and do.
This cottage extends a warm welcome
This is the parking space, up behind the three cottages.
The landing leads to the family bathroom.
Tolpuddle Cottage is recently built but in a very traditional style.
The Isle of Portland from the clifftop car park at Ringstead, a short drive from the cottage.
Nearby Bockhampton woods - a great place to visit, Hardy's Cottage and visitor centre are here too.
Nearby Brownsea Island Nature Reserve is a short boat trip from Poole Harbour and makes for a great day out, the red squirrels and peacocks are delightful for children to watch.
Tolpuddle Cottage is surrounded by countryside with some fabulous views.
The magnificent Jurassic Coast, looking east from Durdle Door.
The Jurassic Coast as viewed from Greenhill Gardens at Weymouth.
The New Forest National Park is less than a one hour drive from Tolpuddle.