English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

Property Reference: DHS
  • Sleeps4
  • Pets 2
  • 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 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

  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • 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.

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. A charming ground floor cottage. Living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to small sitting-out area. Spacious master bedroom with 5ft bed, LCD TV and French doors to secluded patio. Bunk bedroom with full-size bunks. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Patio
  • 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. Extremely comfortable and spacious master bedroom. The heated indoor pool and outdoor trampoline were perfect for our 2 year old. We would definitely consider going again. April 2012.
  2. Fantastic holiday with the family, the kids loved the Yurt in the garden and having fun in the pool. The accommodation was "home from Home" and we will definitely be returning for a relaxing holiday. Dec 2011.
  3. A great place to stay. Loads to do. Lots of nice ’extras’ like the fresh veg. Would definitely return. July 2011.
  4. Clean, spacious cottage. Well maintained grounds. Friendly staff. Very good facilities on site. Nov 2010.
  5. Cosy and warm. Well equipped. Oct 2010.
  6. Spacious, clean and practical accommodation for a small family. Everything you need for home from home. Sept 2010.
  7. Very good location and good facilities. Comfortable cottage. June 2010.
  8. The cottage was beautifully presented, the master bedroom was fabulous and the bed was extremely comfortable. We put a travel cot in the second bedroom. The tiled floors were a concern for us with our newly crawling youngster but was managed with cushions and careful watching! It was clean, tidy and home from home. Jan 2010.
  9. Fantastic accommodation we could not of asked for more. Sept 2009.
  10. The large bed, the lighting in the bedroom along with cosy feeling with the fire and a small sofa in the room, the whole cottage feeling it was warm and cosy and home from home. Aug 2009.
  11. I booked this cottage for my husband’s 40th birthday, we took along our 5 year daughter who loved the facilities, especially the playroom! I would highly recommend this accommodation. Jan 2009.
  12. The weekend break we took was so relaxing. The pool was definitely the highlight. Feb 2009.
  13. Great facilities for children. Excellent location for local walks - we didn’t have to use our car at all over the weekend! March 2009.
  14. There is nothing to fault, it was superb. We tried to book for this September but there was no date available. May 2008.
  15. It was beautiful and real quality time for us with two small children (aged 4 and 5). The weather was dire but the indoor pool at Melstock was in constant use. We very much needed the solitude of a family coming together after 3 months apart and this was completely satisfied. We will definitely love to return March 2008.
  16. The property was really nice and the resort boasts brilliant facilites.The swimming pool is first rate and we had it to ourselves most of the time. The owner was helpful and friendly.Recommend this resort to anyone. Sept 2006.
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