English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

Property Reference: DTJ
  • Sleeps12
  • Pets 2
  • Bedrooms4
  • Grade5 Star rating

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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
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Gold AwardGold Award
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Thatched RoofThatched Roof
  • 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 very spacious ground floor property with its own large garden. Spacious beamed living/dining room with gas fire in ornamental fireplace, very high ceilings and Purbeck stone floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, each with TV. Double bedroom with TV and additional bunk beds (for +2). Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with additional bunk beds (for +2) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Underfloor heating (except kitchen and one double bedroom, which have central heating)
  • Two cots
  • Widescreen TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven
  • Washer/dryer
  • Additional freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Charcoal barbecue
  • Ground floor facilities
  • 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

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
Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
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

Customer Comments

Selected comment(s) from customers who have enjoyed staying at this property:
  1. Wonderful location. Very spacious. Henchard is ideal for a large family or family get together as in our case . The facilities are brilliant. Lots to do in rain or shine. June 2012.
  2. We have stayed in many cottages and by far this one was the best. The accommodation was outstanding and very spacious. There were ten of us who stayed here and it was so well equipped. The dishwasher came in handy!! The weather was good so we made good use of the large garden. There are some lovely walks in the vicinity. I would definitely recommend this property. Also recommend Bobs Taxis who took us into town one evening and bought us all back. They were very reliable and nothing was too much trouble. March 2012.
  3. Fantastic setting, beautiful property. Kids loved the pool. All very safe and secure. Nearby woods wonderful. Sept 2011.
  4. This is the children’s favourite holiday of the year. It is a big family holiday with the dog, grandparents and cousins. There are super walks and beaches nearby. The accommodation us perfect for us. Lots of space and things for the children to do. This is our 2nd time to this property and we will definitely go again. April 2011.
  5. Excellent place! Its beautiful inside (loved the complimentary cake!) and we especially loved the under floor heating. The complex itself was good and we were greeted by staff and showed around the cottage as soon as we arrived. Would recommend this place to anyone! March 2011.
  6. Very clean and spacious property. Feb 2011.
  7. Clean, spacious & comfortable. April 2010.
  8. Beautiful spacious accommodation in lovely location. Perfect for groups and families. Eco-friendly too! March 2010.
  9. This wasn’t our first visit, we returned because we liked it so much the first time. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit again in the future... Feb 2010.
  10. Although the pictures in the brochure and on the web indicated a luxurious property, until we arrived we didn’t realise just how fabulous it was. The accommodation at Henchard was outstanding. The bedrooms were so spacious and the living area superb with wonderful views. Dec 2009.
  11. Spacious, wonderful private garden. Excellent property for a large group of friends or family. July 2009.
  12. Superb accommodation in a delightful setting and near to many attractions Well appointed modern bedrooms and en-suites and bathroom. June 2009.
  13. Even in 8 inches of snow it is beautiful! Feb 2009.
  14. Henchard is exceptionally spacious and well equipped for a large family holiday. April 2009.
  15. The location, just outside Dorchester, and with in easy distance from several beaches makes it an ideal base. However, the facilities provided on site, mean that you can spend the entire day there, swimming, playing tennis or table tennis and pool and not feel that you have wasted a day. The situation is superb with a wonderful large fairly private garden, ideal for children to run around and play. The view was perfect, across the fields, only cows, birds and deer to be seen! The cottage itself was comfortable, with a very large living dining area and good size bedrooms. It was, on the whole, well equipped. July 2009.
  16. The accommodation was of an excellent standard and furnished very nicely. The cottage is situated in such a lovely place and the children loved seeing the sheep and ponies so close by. We had a wonderful weekend with all the family celebrating my mum’s 60th birthday and will definitely come back again. March 2009.
  17. Outstanding setting - would really recommend it as a destination for families. Had my mother’s 60th birthday party and she was elated. Jan 2009.
  18. Absolutely excellent accommodation. Extremely helpful manager. May 2008.
  19. Henchard was excellent we all loved it! May 2008.
  20. The cottage was amazing. I wanted to leave a message of thanks with the lady who ran the place but didn’t have her details, which is essentially the reason I’m doing this questionnaire. Beautifully presented, excellently equipped, everybody was impressed with Henchard. Cheers! Oct 2008.
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