English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Durbaville

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester


Property Reference: DTK
  • Sleeps8
  • Pets0
  • Bedrooms4
  • Grade5 Star rating

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Availability & Price

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

 
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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
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • WifiWifi
  • Luxury CollectionLuxury Collection
  • 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 romantic detached ground floor property with its own enclosed garden. Large beamed open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with ‘wood burner’ and French doors to patio. Large double bedroom with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV, free standing roll-top bath with shower attachment and en-suite toilet. Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Bamboo floor in all rooms (except bathrooms).

  • ‘Wood burner’ and electricity fire included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Widescreen TV
  • Radio/cassette
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Charcoal barbecue
  • Private drive with parking (for 2-3 cars)
  • Wheelchair access
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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 accommodation was one of the best we have stayed in. One thing I would have liked was a larger refrigerator. There were nine of us staying in the cottage including a baby and we were constantly saying that we would have liked a larger refrigerator. Apart from this we would not wish to fault the property. July 2011.
  2. Clean, comfortable holiday cottage. We have 3 young children and the amenities for children at the complex are excellent. They especially loved visiting the chickens every morning and playing in the yurt. June 2011.
  3. The on site facilities were a real bonus, especially when the weather was not so good - at least we could go for a swim ! Sept 2010.
  4. Very clean and spacious and home touches on arrival such as homebaked cake was much appreciated after long journey! April 2010.
  5. We were a large party of family and at no time did we ever feel cramped within the cottage, very spacious and homely. April 2010.
  6. Lovely comfortable bungalow in a quiet location excellent for getting away from it all. NOv 2009.
  7. Very clean & tidy, good size for 4 adults and a baby. Bedrooms were spacious and there were plenty of bathrooms! The swimming pool on the complex was out of order for one day which was a little annoying but was fixed pretty quickly. Aug 2009.
  8. A wonderfully situated property to explore Dorset, nowhere was too far to travel. The accommodation was superb and ideal for a holiday with more than one family. We put the young parents with their baby at the opposite end of the property to everyone else!! May 2009.
  9. The cottage had a sense of luxury. High quality of furnishings made the stay extremely enjoyable. Aug 2009.
  10. The cottage was absolutely stunning - all the girls were very happy with the quality of their rooms and the cottage. Perfect location, next to Hardy’s cottage, lovely and relaxing place to stay. Nov 2008.
  11. Very peaceful cottage in beautiful surroundings, love the environmentally friendly attitude. Aug 2008.
  12. The building was beautiful, the decor tasteful and the lay-out perfect. May 2008.
  13. Lovely cottage with spacious bedrooms and ensuite to master bedroom, the enclosed garden with BBQ is a big bonus, with the site’s indoor swimming pool less than a minute’s walk away. Sept 2006.
  14. Very comfortable and clean accommodation, we will return. Nov 2008.
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