English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester


Property Reference: DHA
  • Sleeps4
  • Pets0
  • Bedrooms2
  • Grade4 Star rating

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Availability & Price

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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
  • 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. Comfortable living room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Modern fitted kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
  • Patio

  • 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
  • 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

Customer Comments

Selected comment(s) from customers who have enjoyed staying at this property:
  1. Great accommodation - very easy to make yourself at home. Facilities excellent - pool, laundry room, grounds etc. Good area for walking - woods accessible directly from the property. Lots to do around the area. Dec 2011.
  2. Very clean and modern and the kitchen was very well equipped. The property has a shared enclosed garden which was brilliant for our 3 & 4 year olds as they played with the other children there and it was safe. The facilities were excellent - indoor pool, games room and on-site chickens which laid eggs which we could have! Plus a veggie garden which also provided some produce. Could not fault the staff who were very helpful and polite. Definitely book again. July 2010.
  3. A very comfortable cottage. The kitchen was very well equipped and the facilities on site are brilliant. This was a return visit for us. April 2010.
  4. As we have used your cottages in the past we are used to a very high standard of accommodation - which Mellchester was although my only criticism would be that it was a lot smaller than some of the similar 4 people places we’ve stayed in. However as it had so many facilities thrown in it was a great setting for not having to venture far to keep children occupied! Oct 2009.
  5. What a superb place to spend a family holiday. The owners have spent a lot of time and money in making Greenwood Grange family friendly and a home from home. An idyllic spot, with plenty to do even when the sun isn’t shining. The green initiatives are commendable. May 2009.
  6. Just a wonderful 3 day break. Perfect and relaxing. Peaceful and immaculately clean. We went with our 2 very young children and they loved it. Have already recommended it to friends! Feb 2009.
  7. Excellent and well presented. Secure for the children and with ample facilities on-site. Particularly liked the modern flat-screen TVs / Freeview and DVD setup: so often find cheap and nasty 4:3 sets with a clapped-out video even in upper quality facilities! Others could learn from you. Aug 2009.
  8. Excellent and well presented accommodation with top class facilities in very pretty part of the country. Oct 2008.
  9. The refurbishment under new ownership has made a big difference to the presentation of the properties and we would return again. On site staff were friendly and helpful and were always busy undertaking tasks to maintain the upkeep of the properties. The location is lovely and peaceful and the leisure facilities are excellent. July 2008.
  10. We had a great four day break. The facilities are excellent, good size swimming pool, nice Jacuzzi. Good tennis courts. Nicely laid out cottages. Nice walks. Feb 2008.
  11. Beautiful setting, very helpful staff/owner, excellent facilities (particularly for families) and improvements continuously being made. We would certainly highly recommend this property. June 2008.
  12. Wonderful location, very peaceful and relaxing. The standard of the cottage was excellent, it almost had a boutique hotel feel to it. And the facilities were brilliant. April 2008.
  13. Excellent swimming pool. Lovelly grounds. Close to some fantastic woodland walks. Sept 2006.
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