English Country Cottages

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester


Property Reference: DUC
  • Sleeps6
  • Pets 2
  • Bedrooms2
  • Grade4 Star rating

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Availability & Price

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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
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • 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 and 2 steps in the middle of the property. An attractive single-storey cottage featuring two open-plan living/dining rooms with modern kitchen areas, each with TV and French doors to small sitting-out area. Charming double bedroom with
en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bedroom with zip & link bed (for either a double bed or twin beds) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. A double sofa bed in one of the living rooms provides extra accommodation (for +2).

  • D/washer

  • 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. A great base for exploring Dorset - there is also plenty of stuff to do on site when you don’t want to load the car up. The woods close-by are also worth looking at. May 2012.
  2. The twin room and double room were a nice size. Nice lounge, and well equipped kitchen. Sept 2010.
  3. Nice accommodation and good size garden space. May 2010.
  4. Found the property very comfortable, were given home made biscuits on arrival (very yummy). Feb 2010.
  5. It was all on the ground floor, well designed, very clean and wonderful location. Sept 2009.
  6. The overall appearance and cleanliness of the site from the moment we arrived. The on site amenities were first rate from the swimming pool to the trampoline which my grandson enjoyed. Sept 2009.
  7. Great facilities which were well maintained and ensured the children enjoyed their stay too. Airy and spacious with tasteful decor and fittings, we all felt very comfortable. Aug 2009.
  8. Accommodation was fantastic. Sept 2009.
  9. The staff were very helpful and friendly. May 2008.
  10. Once again a very good holiday. Annually five of us lady friends get together to get away from it all but with the choice of things going on around if we want to do them. Excellent accommodation in a perfect setting. Will as usual recommend to my friends. Nov 2007.
  11. The owner of the complex was extremely helpful and considerate. April 2007.
  12. We visited here on our Honeymoon 6 years ago and have just been back again with our two young children. We had an excellent time and the facilities and service were as good as they were then. We will definitely be back! Oct 2006.
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