English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

Property Reference: DHM
  • Sleeps2
  • Pets0
  • Bedrooms1
  • 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

  • Four Poster BedFour Poster Bed
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • 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.

With its own sunny, secluded garden and beautifully furnished interior, this is a superb quality romantic hideaway for two people. Its very attractive sitting-room is full of character and features original beams, contemporary electric fire and small dining table. Modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. Beautiful painted four-poster double bedroom with LCD TV. Bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity fire included
  • Freezer
  • Garden
  • No smoking

  • 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. Lovely cottage in beautiful Dorset. This cottage is especially good for couples without children since it is more private and set apart from the other family cottages - but still close to all the action - tennis courts, games room. We went when children were still at school, so the complex was lovely and quite. June 2012.
  2. Fabulous romantic cottage for two, beautifully furnished with wonderful private garden. Our 4th stay in this cottage in past 2 years and can’t wait to go back again. May 2012.
  3. A wonderful venue where my extended family adopted 3 cottages for the week. It would be our expectation to return back to in two years time as it was such a great experience. The facilities were ideal for a wide age spectrum and the staff were always on hand to help and advise as appropriate. April 2012.
  4. A fantastic little self contained one bedroom cottage, furnished to a very high standard with a lovely view across the gardens. Accessible, clean and very quite, close to historical house and adjacent woods, for long healthy walks. Swimming pool and sauna were both used every day, in complete seclusion, use an extra pound for the sauna to let it warm up... We are already planning the return. March 2012.
  5. We really liked the cottage and location and would consider coming back in the future. As suggested by many people in the comments book, a fixed shower would have been appreciated. We were very pleased with the re-cycling facilities but would suggest that the bin storage room be ventilated. Oct 2011.
  6. Our third stay in this cottage and gets better each stay.Cottage, location, staff and weather all excellent. Have already booked again for next year and can’t wait. Sept 2011.
  7. Wonderful romantic retreat for a couple with secluded private garden. Love the indoor swimming pool and sauna, used it every day. Take plenty of £1 coins if you do like a sauna, need to put a £1 in and allow it to heat up for first 20 mins. Free DVD library is good if you are having a night in front of TV. Cottage is a real home from home, kitchen is fully equipped for any cooking you may wish to do. We are returning for 2nd visit this year in September and just wish we could own such a wonderful place to escape to every weekend. April 2011.
  8. Lovely cottage, swimming pool 30 seconds walk, warm and clean. 2mile walk to the wise man pub,lovely food. Lots of forest walks straight from cottage.Private garden gets sun all day. March 2011.
  9. Great location for exploring the local area. In the countryside yet with 5 minutes of Dorchester town centre. Lovely quiet location with great facilities for all ages. Ideal property for a romantic getaway. June 2010.
  10. The property full of character in a delightful setting. March 2010.
  11. A delightful cottage, set in beautiful grounds. Nov 2009.
  12. Brilliant. Very well laid out, and comfortable. Dec 2009.
  13. The cottage was stunning, we have stayed before and we will definitely go back again. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the area is lovely also. Oct 2009.
  14. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Refurbishment of cottage was excellent. March 2009.
  15. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the property was out of this world. We will definitely be going back again!! Feb 2009.
  16. Good size for two people. Well appointed. July 2009.
  17. Very comfortable first holiday for our baby. We made good use of the swimming pool and local walks. May 2009.
  18. Good location, Very good facilities and accommodation. Will be back! Oct 2008.
  19. Flat was very good size for two people and close to swimming pool, but we missed an overhead shower. Nov 2008.
  20. Absolutely wonderful! So nice to at last find a place to stay that works WITH the environment instead of against it. Peaceful, beautiful - one of the best holidays we have ever had (in 40 years). Already planning to visit again. Could not find a single fault with the whole experience. Sept 2008.
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