English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester


Property Reference: DHH
  • Sleeps6
  • Pets0
  • Bedrooms3
  • Grade4 Star rating

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Availability & Price

Prices are per property not per person includes a £30.00 booking fee.

 
Available start days
Unavailable days

2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri

4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

This property may offer special 6 night duration on 28th June. Call us for booking details
This property may offer special 6 night duration on 28th June. Call us for booking details
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Property Features

  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • WifiWifi
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Green SchemeGreen Scheme

Property Description

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

A spacious property conveniently situated on one floor. Attractive living/dining room with contemporary electric fire. Modern galley kitchen. Three bedrooms; one double with 6ft bed and LCD TV, one twin bed (zip & link beds) and one with full-size bunk beds. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Cot
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Private garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No
    smoking

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in grounds

SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX
Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.
* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)
* Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling
* Sitting area overlooking pool
* Six-person sauna
EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Indoor Amenities:
Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.
* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table
* Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker
Outdoor amenities:
* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres
* Children’s play area with swings
* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)
* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Dogs’ exercise paddock

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Customer Comments

Selected comment(s) from customers who have enjoyed staying at this property:
  1. This is the best cottage we have ever stayed at!! Dorchester is a beautiful town and surrounding area is fantastic. May 2012.
  2. Swimming pool is the big asset here. Dec 2011.
  3. Comfortable and well-laid out. Feb 2011.
  4. Beautifully furnished, a real home from home. Plenty of crockery, kitchen utensils etc. Oct 2010.
  5. Nice furnishings and spacious. Oct 2010.
  6. Clean, airy, TV and DVD were there and modern, indoor swimming pool and games room were a real plus. Aug 2010.
  7. Own little garden great for the kids. May 2010.
  8. Excellent location right next door to Thomas Hardy’s cottage. Had everything we needed in the way of facilities. Feb 2010.
  9. Clean and well equipped. Aug 2009.
  10. Spacious accommodation, good standard of decoration and maintenance, well maintained garden and garden furniture, well positioned. June 2009.
  11. A lovely holiday environment with welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. June 2009.
  12. The brochure didn’t do the property nor the surrounds justice, it was all beautiful, and i really would like to visit again. Sept 2008.
  13. Cake in cottage on arrival - nice touch, friendly helpful staff, lots of extras in cottage e.g cleaning materials, toys. Fantastic pool - warm, last year at Lyme Regis it was freezing and didn’t use. Would like to return in future and would recommend. Aug 2008.
  14. The quality and attention to detail is fantastic. All the facilities and the grounds are excellent. A wonderful family holiday. March 2008.
  15. Lovely cottage in beautiful setting. Swiming pool is a fantastic bonus. Would totally reccommend. May 2008.
  16. We have had four holidays at Greenwood Grange as the standard of accommodation is excellent as are the facilities. The children love the playhouse, pool and games room. A beautiful and very peaceful setting yet with so many places of interest within easy reach, what more could you ask for! It is definitely our favourite place to go for a holiday and we would recommend it to anyone. We look forward to our next visit. Oct 2007.
  17. A lovely country cottage with fabulous amenities. It was everything and more that we had hoped for our holiday. June 2006.
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