Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton

Higher Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester, Dorset, Dorset
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Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton: Dorset

"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""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.

A very comfortable cottage, with its own private entrance and garden. Full of character, it has been very well furnished and equipped. Entrance into charming, beamed open-plan sitting/dining room with rugs on flagstone floor, inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with range (for cooking) and Belfast sink. One small step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed, sitting area with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV and designer hand wash basin. Step down to double bedroom with LCD TV. Further step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs inc
  • Elec fire inc
  • Range inc
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Freezer
  • F/freezer
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ

  • 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 (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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Sept 2008
Guest

went away with 7 of my friends for my hen weekend, perhaps it wasn’t the traditional hen weekend some would like but four us it was the perfect opportunity to escape hectic lives. The cottage was better then we could of imagined and we will def be back next year with husbands!!

July 2008
Guest

Very high standard of accommodation catering for all age ranges from toddlers to the older members of our party, all facilities were very well maintained, staff helpful and friendly without being intrusive.

Nov 2008
Guest

A brilliant property for a weekend away with friends. So much to do and beautiful surroundings. We had to fight over the master bedroom though!

April 2010
Guest

My family and I like to think of Cppmb Barton like our second home, well once a year anyway! This was our third visit and it didn’t disappoint as usual. It’s spacious, tastefully decorated (modern in a period setting) and very comfortable, especially the sleigh bed! It has a lovely outlook and pretty garden. It’s lovely!

June 2010
Guest

The house was spacious, with plenty of bathrooms - very important with large groups. It was very clean and comfortable and had most things required for a relaxing holiday. It was furnished in a contemporary manner, which created a pleasant atmosphere.

Aug 2010
Guest

Beautiful building with wonderful facilities.

Nov 2010
Guest

Absoloutely beautiful!

June 2012
Guest

Very satisfied with the accommodation and amenities. The indoor pool was excellent and the games room and outdoor facilities had something for everyone. The rural location was pleasant with good walks through the neighbouring wood. There were nice touches like the flower displays in the cottage, eggs fresh from the onsite chickens and the Wednesday planting for children with Shed (nickname). The weather was not great but Coomb Barton helped to make it a memorable holiday.

July 2012
Guest

Brilliant range of things to do for all ages. This cottage needed a larger fridge for eight people - as mentioned in the visitor’s book by a number of visitors.

June 2008
Guest

A welcoming staff with excellent accommodation which surpassed our hopes and expectations as it had been improved further since the brochure went to press. Minor issues needing attention during our stay were dealt with promptly and effectively.

April 2008
Guest

The cottage is beautiful and so spacious. It has a lovely garden with lots of herbs which we made good use of! The pool and games room went down especially well with our children, both of which were well equipped and clean. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the adjacent woods, great for exploring. It is so convenient for Dorchester too for shops and petrol!

Aug 2008
Guest

Fantastic cottage and site - loved it.

July 2009
Guest

The complex was very well maintained - the vegetable garden that you were able to pick from was a lovely feature. There was lots to do - pool, swings, tennis, walking, gym, playroom - without even leaving the complex. The cottage was very clean and comfortably furnished. It was well equipped. It was good to have bedding and towels included - for families this saves on valuable luggage space.

April 2009
Guest

The accommodation met with the high expectations I had after seeing the photos on the website and the overall facilities ensured that we had a fabulous holiday. We spent a lot of time talking about when we were going to go back next year!

March 2009
Guest

This was an excellent property for our wide age range (1-84 years!) as there was plenty for everyone to do.

May 2009
Guest

The whole experience surpassed all our expectations. We booked for our family (ages 1 to 57 years) and all had a thoroughly excellent holiday. The question is being asked can we meet up again next year.

Oct 2009
Guest

A spacious cottage with a private garden. Good sized bedrooms. Ideal for larger parties/groups.

April 2010
Guest

My family and I like to think of Cppmb Barton like our second home, well once a year anyway! This was our third visit and it didn't disappoint as usual. It’s spacious, tastefully decorated (modern in a period setting) and very comfortable, especially the sleigh bed! It has a lovely outlook and pretty garden. It’s lovely!

April 2010
Guest

Furnishing is superb - way above usual expectation. Excellent facilities.

From £880
  • Property features:
  • Barbecue
  • Bed Linen & Towels Included
  • Car Parking Available
  • Cot Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Fuel and Power Included
  • Games Room
  • Garden / Patio
  • Green Scheme
  • Ground Floor Facilities
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