Littlebredy (pop. 85) is a small village between Bridport and Dorchester, in the ancient county of Dorset, on the south coast of England.
It lies at the head of the Bride Valley, where the River Bride tumbles down a waterfall from its springs. These feed the lake in the grounds of Bridehead, which is the mansion at the centre of the village estate.
For more information on the village's history click here (external site).
There is a community-run Village Hall which hosts popular social events from time to time.
The village medical service is provided by nearby Portesham Surgery.
Littlebredy Walled Gardens
These contain the 'Lost' Victorian Walled Kitchen and Flower gardens belonging to the village estate.
The attractive gardens and walks are being restored and the 5-acre site is open to visitors. The picture shows a view of the long lawn next to the river in the autumn sunshine.
This is a small test grapevine plantation which is part of the Littlebredy Walled Gardens.
Visitors to the gardens are welcome to include it in their stroll. The picture shows new vines being planted in bare soil, late one hot evening in May 2008.
The Walled Garden Workshop is a not-for-profit organisation offering Gardening Placements for suitable people interested in acquiring hands-on experience in gardening and horticulture. It is currently restoring the Littlebredy Walled Gardens with volunteer help and support.
Christine McFadden Cookery Courses are hands-on one-day courses with seasonal and local emphasis, but having flavours and cuisines from around the world. Christine is well-known from her magazine column, and is the author of international award-nominated cookbooks. Courses included delicious refreshments or lunch, and are held in the relaxed and sociable setting of her lovely Littlebredy home.
Fresh Face Hand-Painted Furniture occupies the village estate's old Forge. Buy or commission stylishly prepared 'one-off' new or renovated furniture, kitchen pieces, shelves or bookcases. These can be professionally hand painted to your taste in shabby-chic, distressed or a more classic look.
River Cottage Upholstery is a venture about which the owner says she has "an absolute 24-hour-a-day unexcusable passion". She uses traditional upholstery methods and new or vintage textiles to professionally restore cherished furniture such as chairs, seats and sofas.
Top Parts Bed & Breakfast is set high on the downs above Littlebredy, two miles from the village of Abbotsbury and from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The newly refurbished Guest accommodation is in a converted period stable block across the courtyard from the main residence. There are two en-suite double or twin bedrooms and a delightful private breakfast/evening room. It's an ideal base for walking or touring.
Also of interest, in nearby Long Bredy:
Bellamont Topiary has the largest and most varied collection of British field-grown topiary shapes and hedging for sale in the UK, some as old as twenty years. "We are passionate about cultivating and shaping our trees..."