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Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle

Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset | Property Reference: DHC

Grade4 Star rating
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 0 Pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
  • Green Scheme
  • Parking - On Site
  • Active Family Holidays
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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.

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There are so many activities to enjoy here that guests will always be entertained; ranging from swimming pool to children’s play area!

There are so many activities to enjoy here that guests will always be entertained; ranging from swimming pool to children’s play area!

"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 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 (open daily from 7am-10pm) 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...

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living/dining room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link can be double bed on request). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric fire included
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • 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 (three TVs 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
  • No smoking
  • 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 (7am-10pm) 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 (Games room closed 27th Oct-15th Dec 2018 and 5th Jan-10th Mar 2019):
    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

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What do our customers say?

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    Posted by anonymous

    Nice cottage and in lovely location and great facilities. Really comfortable though would have been nice to have second comfy chair in lounge as it was tight for 4 to sit comfortably. Fire stopped working on second day which was a shame. Bed frame in master bedroom was sticking out beyond mattress in small space and caused my husband to bruise his foot rather badly

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018 06/01/2018
8.0 out of 10 – based on 1 reviews collected by ReeVoo