Mellchester to rent in Dorset with superb facilities and location to ensure you have an enjoyable relaxing quality holiday.




Mellchester
Greenwood Grange, Dorset, England
Property Ref: DHA
4 Star.
Sleeps 4

Pets: No

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About Mellchester

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Enjoy the freedom of Mellchester in Dorset where you can relax in comfort and please yourself what to do, with no fixed mealtimes.

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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 Silver Award in 2009_<strong>Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy&rsquo;s &lsquo;Upper Mellstock&rsquo;), 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. </strong><br />As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas <strong>tennis courts</strong>, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children&rsquo;s play area with swings and Wendy house and a dogs&rsquo; exercise paddock, in addition to the newly established 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 <strong>indoor heated swimming-pool </strong>(complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area. <br />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. Greenwood Grange offers bicycles for hire and a drop-off and pick-up service by prior arrangement. <br />Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy&rsquo;s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy&rsquo;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. <br />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. <br />Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy&rsquo;s &lsquo;Casterbridge&rsquo;) 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&rsquo;s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester. <br />Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront Blue Flag 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. Nearby Portland is set to hold Olympic sailing events in 2012.<br />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. <br />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. <br />Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the &lsquo;chocolate box&rsquo; villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).<br />The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling fro..._<ul><li><em>Combined heating, electric and leisure facilities incl </em></li><li><em>Ample parking</em></li><li><em>Shops 2 miles</em></li><li><em>Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)</em></li><li><em>DVD</em></li><li><em>Wi-fi (available in main reception)</em></li><li><em>Shared laundry room with freezer, auto wms and tumble dryers</em></li><li><em>M/wave</em></li><li><em>T/cots and high chair by arr</em></li><li><em>Garden furniture</em></li><li><em>Pond in grounds (toddlers beware!)</em></li><li><em>Welcome toiletries</em></li><li><em>Special welcome hampers by arr</em></li><li><em>Duvets with linen and towels</em></em></li></ul>__SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX<br />Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange&rsquo;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.<br />* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming-pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)<br />* Shallow &lsquo;D&rsquo; end for young children&rsquo;s supervised paddling<br />* Sitting area overlooking pool<br />* Six-person sauna <br />EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES<br />Indoor Amenities:<br />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. <br />* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table<br />* Fenced &lsquo;under fives&rsquo; play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker<br />* Fitness machines (running machine, Concept 2 rowing machine, cross trainer)<br />Outdoor amenities:<br />* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres<br />* Children&rsquo;s play area with swings and a delightful, fully furnished &lsquo;Goldilocks&rsquo; theme Wendy house<br />* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)<br />* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)<br />* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)<br />* Dogs&rsquo; exercise paddock_OFF SEASON BREAKS AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS<br />Greenwood Grange Cottages are the perfect choice for a Dorset holiday at all times of the year. With full oil-fired central heating throughout, the cottages offer a cosy and warm welcome in the off-season months. And, of course, a full range of facilities - including the indoor heated swimming-pool - is available throughout the year. This is a festive getaway for Christmas and New Year holidays, too - with decorated Christmas trees in all cottages._Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Modern fitted kitchen with dining area. <em>First floor: </em>Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin-bedded room (zip & link beds). Bathroom/W.C with over-bath shower._<ul><li>Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area<em> </li><li></em>Patio</li></ul>

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