Greenwood Grange is a magnificent conversion of a range of farm buildings, built by Thomas Hardy’s father in 1849. The brick, stone and slate barns have been rebuilt, refurbished and extended over the years and today provide luxury holiday accommodation. The cob and thatch cottage where Hardy was born is only a short distance away and remains virtually unchanged since his great-grandfather built it. Hardy wrote Under The Greenwood Tree and Far From The Madding Crowd here and he walked three miles to school in Dorchester, his Casterbridge, every day. Higher Bockhampton is Hardy’s Upper Mellstock and anyone interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of his famous novels.
We are delighted to announce that in October we won Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2014 – Self catering Establishment of the Year category for the second year running and now go forward to the South West Tourism Awards where we won bronze in 2013. The judges comments this year read ; ‘I can see why guests love coming here and love coming back – an oasis from the “real” world. You could come here to escape for a while, relax without even needing to leave the site’.
Greenwood Grange was first rebuilt and converted into holiday accommodation in 1988. Subsequent owners continued to develop the property, with the addition of the indoor pool, games room and further cottages. The previous owner bought Greenwood Grange in 1997, fully establishing the business and adding two substantial cottages, Durbaville and Henchard.
Greenwood Grange offers an extensive array of facilities which gives guests the ideal balance of relaxing and enjoying all that is available on site and the opportunity to discover the delights of the county of Dorset, many of which are right on the doorstep. You can check availability and book online via the website and you will also find us listed on www.parentfriendlystays.co.uk and many other websites. If you have any questions about the accommodation please do not hesitate in contacting us.
The Jurassic Coast is England’s first World Heritage Site, ranking it alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as one of the natural wonders of the world. The Dinosaur Museum and Dorset County Museum in Dorchester feature displays on the famous coastline and its fossils when you’ve seen it for yourself. The County Museum also boasts the largest collection of Thomas Hardy artefacts in the world and documents his life and work in a special exhibition. The beaches at Charmouth and Lyme Regis are great for a bit of fossil hunting – you might find the next tyrannosaurus rex! Dorset boasts many ancient sites, from Iron Age fortresses to Roman amphitheatres, and don’t miss out on a visit to one of West Dorset’s best known residents, the 180-foot Cerne Giant! There’s also the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum just east of Dorchester which recreates the tragic story of the six men who attempted to create a trade union for local labourers and were tried and sentenced in 1834 to deportation to Australia. With an abundance of museums, castles, gardens, houses and walks to explore, Dorset is a unique area filled with prehistoric, historical and literary interest.
In the immediate area around Greenwood Grange, there is much to discover and enjoy. This can be done on foot or by bicycle, allowing you to leave the car behind. In the future, on-site electric cars or bio-fuel cars for use in the local area will become available. Visit Hardy’s Cottage where he was born in 1840 and see the window seat in his bedroom where he wrote Under The Greenwood Tree. Explore the 66-acre Thorncombe Wood, with its huge diversity of trees, flora, fauna and wildlife, and Egdon Heath which Hardy wrote of in The Return of the Native. Visit nearby Kingston Maurward College, a land-based studies centre with a commercial farm, animal care unit, beautiful formal gardens and renowned equestrian school. The College uses much of Kingston Maurward House, built by George Pitt, cousin of William Pitt the Elder, between 1717 and 1720 and is set in a 750-acre estate.