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Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard

Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester Grade 5 Star rating View Map
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The standard of this property is simply spectacular! Sleeping 12, Henchard is brilliant for friends, groups of families or a special occasion.

"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 (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.

A very spacious ground floor property with its own large garden. Spacious beamed living/dining room with gas fire in ornamental fireplace, very high ceilings and Purbeck stone floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, each with TV. Double bedroom with TV and additional bunk beds (for +2). Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with additional bunk beds (for +2) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Underfloor heating (except kitchen and one double bedroom, which have central heating)
  • Two cots
  • Widescreen TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven
  • Washer/dryer
  • Additional freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Charcoal barbecue
  • 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

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Gold AwardGold Award
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Thatched RoofThatched Roof
  • WifiWifi
  • Luxury CollectionLuxury Collection
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Green SchemeGreen Scheme

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-04-10
    This is lovely place to stay and very quiet despite being opposite the visitor centre for Hardy's cottage. The house itself is exactly as pictured and very spacious, plus there are a number of pull out beds available if you want some different sleeping options. We were a large group but didn't feel on top of each other or get disturbed by each other during the night (despite having a baby and 5 young children in the group). Due to its rural location, the wifi is very slow so this is something to be aware of but sometimes it can be good to be forced away from the usual social media distractions! The play area and pool were enjoyed by the kids and Henchard is located right next to the play area so easy for the kids to get to by themselves. Shed the gardener also does a gardening club during school holidays so the kids got to look around the vegetable garden and plant some seeds to take home with them. As we were there at Easter, there was an egg hunt organised which was a lovely touch. There are so many things to do in the area I plan to visit again and would definitely stay in Henchard or Greenwood Grange if I do.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-02-23
    We had a truly memorable weekend, the house & surroundings were fantastic. When speaking with staff nothing was ever too much trouble. Would definitely stay here again & am recommending friends & family to also stay there. It completely exceeded our expectations.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2014-11-24
    the location was superb but no internet access or anything in the way of a welcoming pack..

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9.4 out of 10 – based on 9 reviews collected by Reevoo

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