Reasons to Book Your Dorset Break NOW!

Busy lives, demanding careers and family commitments means making the most of your holiday is an absolute must. With so many options to consider, both at home and abroad, it can be a time consuming task looking for the perfect place to unwind. So we’ve put together a definitive list of reasons to book your break to Dorset and stay with us at Greenwood Grange…

Avoid disappointment

Greenwood Grange is extremely popular during the summer months and at this time of year we’re already looking quite full. Winning Self Catering Provider of Year at both the Dorset Tourism Awards and the South West Tourism Awards has been a great boost for us making us more popular than ever.

The earlier you book your holiday, the better, as you’ve more chance of getting the dates that you want.

Save money on travel

Once your holiday home is booked, you can save even more money by booking your travel early too. Great Western Railway operates an advance booking fares system so the earlier you book, the cheaper it is.


With mile upon mile of Jurassic Coast to explore, amazing walks, stunning views, great food, fantastic accommodation and so much more, Dorset is a real-life holiday utopia.

You’ll be sure to make your friends and family jealous when they see your holiday photos. Dorset is continually growing in popularity and has been voted one of the ten best places to go on holiday in the UK. More and more of us are choosing to spend their precious family holiday time in the UK and as Dorset is such a favourite, we are seeing an increase in the number of visitors each year. Staycation isn’t just a trend anymore; it’s here to stay.

Have something to look forward to!

Booking a holiday early in the year also gives you something to look forward to. Not everyone suffers from the winter blues but at this time of year, most people long for warm sunny days. Knowing a holiday is on the horizon is a great way to stay positive about the things coming up.

Don’t miss those sell out events

To really build the anticipation, you could also book some things to do while you’re here

What’s On in Dorset lists events in the county month by month so you’ll never be stuck for something to do while you’re visiting Greenwood Grange.

Visit Dorset’s gems

Dorset is definitely a destination holiday, with so many places to visit while you’re here. For fans of the Jurassic Coast make sure you visit Durdle Door for one of the most breath taking views. The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life in nearby Weymouth, while children will be hugely entertained at Monkey World and Farmer Palmer’s. We’ve miles of sandy beaches in Weymouth and Bournemouth and if you’re a fan of beautiful gardens you shouldn’t miss Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorchester.

The best restaurants require advanced booking

Finding places that serve fabulous food can always make your holiday extra special. Food lovers will enjoy the wealth of local pubs and nearby restaurants including Restaurant 43, rated number one on Trip Advisor, the Dorset Burger Company and Yalbury Cottage, which boasts creative French menus. Avoid disappointment by booking early at these popular restaurants.

The Brexit effect

Exchange rates for the pound against the dollar and euro are at some of their lowest ever levels. Make your money go further by staying in the UK!

Now all that’s left for you to do is the easy part – book your break at Greenwood Grange for 2017. Don’t forget to sign up to our emails on our website as our regular mailers will give you inspiration for things to do and places you’ve seen once you’ve booked your stay.

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Greenwood Grange Shortlisted for South West Tourism Awards

Celebrations are back in full swing here at Greenwood Grange after news that our acclaimed holiday village is to represent Dorset in the South West’s Tourism Awards.

The shortlist announcement comes just weeks after our collection of self-catering cottages won gold for the third time at the regional Dorset Tourism Awards.

Manager, Zoe Belcher, said:

“Winning gold again in Dorset was a fantastic achievement in itself, but we are delighted to be attending the regional South West Tourism Awards and we hope that the judges recognise the team and outstanding facilities here at Greenwood Grange.”

The South West Tourism Awards bring together the best of the best from Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


Judging is carried out by an independent panel of past winners, industry leaders and experts in their field. They are each chosen for their impartiality, experience and suitability for each category. Entries for the awards this year have once again broken all records, with more than 600 businesses competing across 24 categories.

Zoe said:

“We know that we will be standing alongside the very best that the region has to offer by way of self-catering accommodation and we pride ourselves in beating all expectations for our guests so we hope the judges feel the same way.”

The three finalists in each category were announced earlier this week; Greenwood Grange will once again be competing in the Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category.

Greenwood Grange is a collection of beautiful stone-built properties nestled in the Dorchester countryside, just five minutes from Thomas Hardy’s birthplace.

It’s perfect for couples, families and groups and offers a range of properties sleeping anywhere from two to 12 guests. Many of the cottages are dog friendly and there is a huge range of facilities on site including tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, badminton, a games room and a play yurt for younger visitors.


A range of renovations and upgrades to the cottages and grounds have been undertaken over the past 12-18 months. One of the key criteria for these awards is that a business can show it is constantly striving to improve.

If we’re successful and win in this category, we will then be eligible to be nominated to represent South West England at the national VisitEngland Awards next year.

Our team are now hoping to emulate our recent success at the illustrious ceremony in Bristol on February the 2nd.

Greenwood Grange Wins GOLD at the Dorset Tourism Awards


We are absolutely over the moon to announce that we have won gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards in the self-catering category!

We have won ‘Dorset’ gold 3 times; 2013, 2014  and this year, plus Bronze in the South West awards in 2013/14

Successful businesses in the Dorset Awards will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 and then possibly on to the National Visit England Awards later in 2017! Wish us luck!

A big thank you to you; our wonderful guests!