Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester


Property Reference: DHR
  • Sleeps2
  • Pets 2
  • Bedrooms1
  • Grade4 Star rating

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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.

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Offering convenient ground floor accommodation, this attractive property has an open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to small sitting-out area. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • 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

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 (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. Greenwood Grange is a hidden gem of a place; very close to Dorchester and Weymouth, but yet it’s discreetly tucked away in the countryside enough to make it feel like a real get-away! Being right next to Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and Puddletown Forest adds a real charm and sense of history, which elevates a holiday to something that bit more exciting. As well as being a really cosy cottage, we enjoyed the pool, the games room, the fresh vegetables, the freshly layed eggs in the mornings and the very beautiful gardens.. Highly recommended! Sept 2012.
  2. A very well equipped and spacious property for 2. Facilities at the site are excellent, with 2 good tennis courts and a wonderful indoor pool. The site adjoins Puddletown Forest, giving scope for walking, running or mountain biking from the door. Oct 2011.
  3. We found this accommodation ideally situated for our exploration of this lovely county. The fresh vegetables and eggs on site were a boon and the swimming pool for a late evening dip the icing on the cake. Sept 2011.
  4. Comfortable. Privacy good. July 2010.
  5. Well thought out facilities for all ages. Good to be able to recycle waste etc, being able to pick home grown foodstuffs was fantastic. June 2010.
  6. The property was absolutely immaculate when we arrived. It was extremely well equipped and comfortable with modern furnishings. All the rooms were a good size. There was heating and hot water available at all times. We thought the cottage was excellent value for money. May 2010.
  7. Proximity to Hardy’s Cottage! Peaceful setting. March 2010.
  8. Very comfortable and clean. March 2010.
  9. Secluded, peaceful, with ample space. We especially loved the allotment and made use of it. Sept 2009.
  10. Very well kept, like the ’green’ products on hand to use, lots of facilities for guests, great location. Aug 2009.
  11. Beautiful cottage; superb surroundings, exceptionally well presented and clean. We especially liked the patio doors into our own garden space which also had some privacy due to the well designed layout. A great place to relax - recommended. Aug 2009.
  12. The accommodation was extremely clean and had all the kitchen appliances and gadgets that you would need to self cater. Aug 2009.
  13. Lovely well looked after grounds. June 2009.
  14. Property itself was in excellent condition & in an idyllic location. June 2009.
  15. Beautiful quiet location, excellent facilities, excellent touring and walking centre. Just one concern - hope proposed development doesn’t spoil ambience of centre. Oct 2008.
  16. The cottage was in a beautiful location, an afternoons stroll followed by an evening swim was perfect. We greatly enjoyed our stay and look forward to our return. Dec 2008.
  17. We were looking for a relaxing break from city life and this holiday was perfect for us. The facilities offered us time to relax in the sauna and swimming pool , get a game of tennis in and enjoy the woodlands nearby with extensive walks. Extremely welcoming and very helpful caretaker. Feb 2007.
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