English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester


Property Reference: DGY
  • Sleeps3
  • Pets 1
  • Bedrooms2
  • 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
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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 offers special 6 night durations in July for the Tour De France. 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

  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Easy Walking AccessEasy Walking Access
  • GardenGarden
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • WifiWifi
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine

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.

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. A cosy ground floor cottage with a well-planned L-shaped living room with contemporary electric fire, dining and modern kitchen areas. Double bedroom with LCD TV. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Easy walking access

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cots and h/chair by arr
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • M/wave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, w/machines and t/dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arr
  • 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

Customer Comments

Selected comment(s) from customers who have enjoyed staying at this property:
  1. Very quiet location, in beautiful settings. June 2012.
  2. The cottage was beautiful. Very comfortable and clean. The complex was delightful and the staff extremely pleasant and helpful. May 2012.
  3. Lovely accommodation, lovely setting. They have really catered for under 5’s with plenty of toys so you don’t have to take a lot with you. Pool great! Oct 2011.
  4. Small but tastefully thought out. Free tea, coffee, milk & cake were very welcome after a long journey. Excellent quality bedding, towels. Every utensil you could possibly need. Jennifer the head house keeper was fantastic. nothing was too much trouble. Will visit again with friends in one of the bigger houses. Oct 2011.
  5. Really lovely property & beautiful location. The facilities were excellent. In all, a really great place for a family holiday. Would recommend it to anyone. May 2011.
  6. Lovely and cosy cottage. Like the touches with the cookies on arrival and milk in your fridge. Well kept and neat gardens. March 2011.
  7. Quite well laid out for such a small space. May 2010.
  8. Clean, easy living, perfect for a small family. March 2010.
  9. This cottage was compact but was very well presented and welcoming. March 2010.
  10. The setting was gorgeous. The on site amenities were first rate! Oct 2009.
  11. The property was well stocked but the smallest we’ve stayed in. Sept 2009.
  12. Cottage was clean. Excellent swimming pool and games. July 2009.
  13. Accommodation was very good and the site was excellent. The facilities were excellent and the area was especially good for dog walking and pub lunches. July 2009.
  14. Great location everything you need on site and very helpful staff will go back again. Very well equipped. June 2009.
  15. Lovely cottage, extremely cosy, well-furnished and in an excellent location. The swimming pool is also great, particularly for the kids. Nov 2008.
  16. Kingsbere is a well-equipped and cosy cottage in a fantastic setting. We particularly enjoyed the swimming pool and children’s games area. May 2008.
  17. Lovely site, very peaceful, very enjoyable place to stay. Feb 2008.
  18. The on site manager during our stay, Jennifer was very friendly and helpful. The time of our flight from Scotland meant we arrived much earlier than the normal entry time. I asked if they had some sort of storage room so we could drop off our bags with them but she exceeded our expectations and arranged for our cottage to be one of the first to be cleaned so it was ready on our arrival. Excellent service! Aug 2008.
  19. Lovely warm pool! Great location near the woods. Main negative - will put here in case no other chance - considerable condensation - needs better ventilation. Dec 2008.
  20. Facilities were ideally suited to young families. June 2006.
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