Ringstead, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1305 851503

Weymouth Bay and Portland views, the sound of breaking waves… this wild remote place will blow your cobwebs away and restore your psyche


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

On the Dorset coastal path overlooking Weymouth Bay – a lovely spot for Jurassic Coast walking and crystal-clear swimming.

Peter and Wendy have transformed this 1920s house and their style reflects their penchant for natural materials and country life. It’s set in four acres of terraced gardens with Italianate overtones, that have been created by Wendy, a garden designer. Find strong structured evergreen ‘cloud’ pruned and clipped shrubs, exotic plants, swaying grasses, huge terracotta pots bursting with colour… a complete wildlife sanctuary. Bedrooms always have flowers too; one has a door onto the garden, while from the other you can watch the sun setting over the sea.

Enjoy a breakfast of homemade bread, marmalade and jams, seasonal fruit salad and a full English, then wander down to the secluded beach below for a turquoise sea swim or a bracing picnic. 

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We think you'll love

  • The fantastic walking with the Coast Path on the doorstep
  • Having a quiet beach just below the house
  • The outstanding coastal views from just about everywhere
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You should know

  • The last half mile to the house is a rough farm track
  • The hillside garden isn’t easy for wobbly knees


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.45am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £100
2 Doubles
From £100



Marren is a wonderful home, in an amazing setting.. Not only is the garden a delight, but we never tired of looking out at the sea, from our bedroom window. A thoroughly lovely place to stay.

Catherine, Corbridge

Our second visit in successive years. Wonderful setting, fabulous gardens and distant views towards Portland. Delightful short walk via a meandering path down to Ringstead Bay, usually quite deserted at the eastern end. The house is elegant , the furnishings comforting, the leisurely breakfasts start the day superbly and Wendy and Peter are welcoming and friendly hosts who readily provide advice about walks in the neighbourhood and places to eat in the evenings (we recommend the Wise Man and the Sailors Return) A lovely peaceful place where we always sleep soundly and wake refreshed.

David, Woodbridge, suffolk

Marren is like a secret slice of heaven. Wendy really looked after me, was helpful with maps and restaurant advice but never intrusive. I had the lovely large garden room and it was a joy to wander around the never ending garden. It feels remote in the best possible way, but only a short drive to all the things to see in the area and places to eat. I walked to Lulworth and back, incredible, bracing and well worth the slog! It's perfect.

Claire, London

This was the first time we stayed at Marren and it exceeded our expectations. Our room was comfortable with our own access to the garden with fantastic views over the coast line. Indeed the garden(s) are impressive, beautiful and secluded, (make sure you leave time to explore), and Wendy and Peter are charming and excellent hosts. I cannot recommend this more highly and we are looking forward to our return.

John, Hants

I can only echo the other comments on here. Wendy and Peter want you to enjoy your stay in their beautiful home and garden. In addition to all that others have said there were also the little touches that added to the experience: A jug of fresh milk in our room for tea/coffee, the home made jam and marmalade, information and maps. I can also recommend a local taxi firm DK Cars if you want a ride to get a meal.

Sue, Bristol

It took us three years to get back to Marren but we were so pleased we did. Arriving as the sun set over Ringstead Bay, we settled into the comfortable garden room, cosy on a chilly night. I ventured out into the garden as the sun came up and realised I had only seen the half of it on my last visit. Even with winter encroaching fast, I was delighted by ferns and grasses, the view from the top lawn, the quirky carved tree stumps (one definitely winked at me) and the fairy bower at the bottom. Such a magical place.

Fiona, London

I don't generally get round to writing reviews but Marren has made me feel that I should! Timeless, quintissentially English, full of dappled sunlight and shadow and entirely restorative. This is an entirely lovely place!

Lucy, Exeter

An enchanting place to stay. No detail was overlooked, either in the house or garden. Very comfortable room, beautifully appointed, knowledgeable and friendly hosts and a good breakfast. Views of Weymouth Bay and Portland, and close to the South Coast path for exhilarating walks. The perfect place for a relaxing retreat. Looking forward to a return visit!

Sue, Oxted

Marvellous hideaway above Ringstead Bay, welcoming hosts, very comfortable rooms and bathrooms, excellent breakfast, and the beautiful garden might lure you away from exploring the Jurassic Coast! Follow their instructions for finding it not a sat nav.

Fiona, London

Marren is a beautiful house and garden, harmonious inside and out, with far reaching sea views . Wendy's garden design skills and artistic eye are evident, and the decor and furnishings display refined taste . Beds were deeply comfortable, and bathrooms well lit and equipped. Our hosts were charming and the delicious cooked breakfast sustained us for our clifftop walk. Dinner was at a jolly local pub nearby, the Sailors' Return. We were two couples staying for two nights while we walked the Jurassic Coast. and having found this idyllic spot we too want to return.


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The neighbourhood

Marren is 300 feet above sea level facing Portland and Weymouth Bay. Set in a four-acre garden, which has been featured in Gardener's World, it's surrounded by National Trust land and five minutes from the Coastal Path. Lulworth Cove is two hours walk by way of Bat's Head and Durdle Door. The only sound is of the waves breaking, the occasional buzzard calling and the wind in the trees. It’s within easy driving distance of all the Jurassic Coast attractions which include beaches with fossils, formal gardens and country houses. The closest pub is 45 minutes’ walk and the best pubs for eating are 25 minutes’ drive.

Local points of interest from Peter Cartwright

  • On the Dorset Coast Path overlooking Portland and Weymouth Bay.
  • 2 hours walk from Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
  • 7 minutes walk from a safe and secluded beach.
  • Close to a range of excellent restaurants in Weymouth and Dorchester.


Peter Cartwright

Wendy is a garden designer and a passionate gardener. Peter is retired and his hobby is print making and painting. They're busy with family and grandchildren and they like to share Marren's unique views and ambience with like-minded people, who are looking for peace and quiet and a touch of wildness.