Exterior | Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex -  Greenwood Grange Cottages, Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester
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  • Cottage
  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester
  • DUC

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex


out of 10

  • 4

  • 2

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  • 2

Swimming pool
Car parking on site

This homely property is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts or active holiday makers; there’s so much to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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. Twin bedroom (zip & link can be super kingsize bed on request) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. A double sofa bed in one of the living rooms provides extra accommodation (for +2).

  • D/washer
  • W/machine. Visit England 4 Star.

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cots and h/chair by arr
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs 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
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in grounds

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 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.



Cot Available


Games Room

Garden or Patio

Grouped Property

Highchair Available

Historical Property

Parking - On Site

Pets Allowed

Swimming Pool - Shared

Swimming Pool

Washing Machine



Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • 2 pets allowed - charges apply

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please

Overall holiday experience

Based on 3 reviews


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  • Family


out of 10

Booked a dog friendly cottage. Enclosed own garden but reactive dogs in cottage next door could see every single movement we made through the fencing (slated fencing) and for the whole week of our stay they either constantly barked at us when we were in the garden, or were being shouted at by their frustrated owners - this could be remedied by the use of solid fencing between the cottage gardens. Appreciate the rural countryside location but there were cobwebs in all of the rooms that should be removed easily with a feather duster on each interim clean. Cracked plaster and paint in the end living room as well. Twin beds - mattresses were comfy but didn't fit the bed bases. Bed bases were too small, minor I know but visually not 'luxury' looking. No options on bedding provided - given the extremes of heat during our stay we could have done without the duvets but needed a lightweight blanket option. Lack of power points in bedrooms and lounge area. Use of extension lead in twin bedroom which was difficult to reach behind the bed. Gardens could do with a couple of sun loungers each. Good location. Good bathrooms. Needs a washing up bowl as there is no twin sink, have to walkthrough to another sink to empty liquids once washing up water is in the sink. Overall, overpriced for level of luxury and comfort.

25 Jul 2022


  • Friends


out of 10

The only criticism is that check in is 4 and check out is 9 am and you are paying for one day

20 Oct 2021


  • London

  • Friends


out of 10

well equipped and very comfortable cottage in excellent location. good amenities on site eg tennis court, herb garden, swimming pool

12 May 2021

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