For 2022 season we may only be able to offer a continental breakfast in our Mayfly room – see below – rather than a full English breakfast in the house.
The perfect base for exploring Dorset and the Jurassic Coastal area.
Tolpuddle is situated in central south Dorset, only 20 minutes from the coast and in the heart of the Wessex countryside so beautifully described by Thomas Hardy in his novels and short stories.
Lawrences Farm is no longer a farm! Although it retains about 60 acres of land, mostly watermeadows either side of the charming river Piddle, one whippet and a couple of Connemara ponies are the only animals you will meet!
A perfect base for exploring Dorset and the Jurassic Coastal area
Tolpuddle is world famous thanks to the unfortunate Tolpuddle Martyrs
The house and annexe are grouped at the end of the drive which approaches the house through an area of parkland and ancient trees. The whole holding is managed as a conservation area with the watermeadows, woodland, trout lakes and the river. Tolpuddle, just 1/4 mile across the meadows is world famous thanks to the unfortunate Tolpuddle Martyrs, sent to Australia as convicts in the 1830’s on a trumped up charge of “riotous assembly”.
The aged tree under which they assembled remains on the village green beside a pretty row of thatched cottages, there are plenty in the village plus a pub (The Martyrs Inn of course!), a lovely church and a manor house.
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
There are two B&B rooms, one in the farmhouse and one in the annexe.
The double bedroom and bathroom in the farmhouse is in an entirely separate wing with ite own entrance and staircase. Close to the farmhouse there is a separate annexe which has a double bed and a single bed with an ensuite bathroom.
Both rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and colour TVs. A full English breakfast is served in the farmhouse dining room, however for 2022 we will probably be serving a continental breakfast in the Mayfly Room, rather than our full English in the house dining room – due to Covid concerns in 2022.
Many of our guests fish for trout on the lakes and rivers which we run as part of our business, indeed the guest’s sitting room (the ‘Mayfly Room’) contains a small library of books about fishing (and other things!). The room is equipped to allow our guests to do a little catering if they wish with a fridge, microwave, toaster, sink, tea and coffee making facilities and a small dining table. The room is completed with TV and video, comfy chairs and a large fireplace with log burning stove.
Surrounded by gardens, a small park, watermeadows, lakes and a river and steeped in history, bed and breakfast at Lawrences Farm is a delightful and peaceful rural retreat.
The magnificent Athelhampton House and gardens are a mile up the road;
- Monkey World,
- Bovington Tank Museum
- Pallington Sculpture By The Lakes
- Dorchester the county town of Dorset with much of interest is 7 miles away.
- and our world heritage “Jurassic coastline” are just a few miles away. See the Jurassic Coast at West Bay.
We ask our guests to refrain from smoking on the premises.