Rates from:
1140.00 GBP


  • Kitchen and dining area
    Kitchen and dining area
  • Master bedroom
    Master bedroom
  • Private garden
    Private garden
  • Dressing area in master bedroom
    Dressing area in master bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Master bed
    Master bed
  • Double bedroom
    Double bedroom
  • Twin zip and link bedroom
    Twin zip and link bedroom
  • Downstairs zip and link bedroom
    Downstairs zip and link bedroom
  • Downstairs bathroom
    Downstairs bathroom
  • Kitchen and lounge area
    Kitchen and lounge area

Coomb Barton

, United Kingdom

Per week

from 1140.00 to 2938.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Zoe Belcher

Member since Feb 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:83.33%
  • Avg. Response Time:
  • Availability Updated:3 days


BFB's Overview

Where better to escape the ‘madding crowd’ than virtually the very spot Thomas Hardy wrote the novel in the lush and leafy Dorset countryside. The original farm buildings at Greenwood Grange were even built by Hardy’s father in the 1800’s and have been rebuilt, extended and converted into a fantastic cluster of luxury cottages with onsite pool and leisure facilities.

Greenwood Grange has scooped a whole load of awards for its eco friendly ethos and the sensitive transformation of the brick, stone and slate buildings into 4/5-star cottages. These include a gold award in the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards and being named their self catering establishment of the year for the second year running. Beamed ceilings, exposed brickwork and wood burning stoves give many of their cottages the authentic charm and character, which is perfectly complemented by fresh decor, period furnishings and all the home comforts and mod cons for families to chill out in style.

Children and ‘big kids’ of all ages are in for a fun packed few days with all the things to do in the 7 acres of garden and grounds at Greenwood Grange. The 32ft x 16ft indoor heated swimming pool is an obvious favourite, whatever the weather, and wide Roman steps mean babies and toddlers can have a paddle and play with mum or dad in the shallows. A well-equipped games room will also keep youngsters entertained, featuring a soft play area, pool table, bar billiards, table tennis, table football, flatscreen TV’s and a Nintendo Wii (open from spring to autumn, and over the festive period). Outside, children can burn off energy in a grassy play area, which includes swings, a giant trampoline and a fab, full-size play yurt filled with toys, or follow nature trails, discover willow dens and maybe meet Tess the cat, free range chickens or one of the resident hedgehogs. The owners also run a kids gardening club throughout the summer holidays for hands-on learning about their home grown fruit and veg, composting wormery and hive of busy bees, kindly making yummy honey. Dog are welcome at several of the cottages and the owners can even provide grazing to bring along a horse!!

Accommodation overview

Greenwood Grange comprises 17 cottages to suit all sizes of families and friends, from couples with a baby right up to 12 people under one roof, many of which are set around a central courtyard with a fenced pond and fountain in the middle. Each one is named after places and people from Hardy’s novels and all the cottages have their own, individual character and interior style, with free Wi Fi.

Coomb Barton (sleeps 8 + babies), referred to in Hardy’s poem, ‘The Oxen’, is a 5-star cottage with real wow factor character and flexible bedroom arrangements that make it ideal for extended families and friends. The open plan living area is brimming with authentic farmhouse charm, from exposed brickwork walls to smooth flagstone floors and a huge wood burning stove in a big beamed fireplace. The farmhouse kitchen area, with a dining table for 8, has solid wood worktops and is well equipped with a modern, gas-fired range cooker, 2 fridges and freezers, a dishwasher, washer dryer and all the vital cooking utensils. The living area is super cosy with a natural rug, comfy sofas and armchairs to snuggle up by the wood burner and watch favourite programmes or a DVD on the wall mounted TV. One of the cottage’s 4 bedrooms is on the ground floor with zip link twin beds that can be set up as a double. Adjacent to the ground floor bedroom is a modern shower room and separate bathroom. A switch back staircase leads upstairs, where the master bedroom is large and luxurious, with plenty of space for a cot and great views over the Dorset countryside. The master bedroom features exposed beams, a king size sleigh bed and a designer copper hand basin, as well as armchairs, a TV and an electric fire so parents can feed the baby in peace and comfort. The second bedroom has a wrought iron double bed, a TV, space for a cot and views across the tennis courts to the green fields beyond. A twin bedroom is ideal for children but also has zip link beds that can be set up as a double. The upstairs shower room has modern fittings including a ‘rain dance’ shower head. Coomb Barton has a private parking area and its own garden with a dining table and barbecue.

Location Information

Literally at the heart of Thomas Hardy Country in Dorset, Greenwood Grange is just a few hundred yards from the cob and thatch cottage where he was born, bordering beautiful Thorncombe Woods and just a few miles from Dorchester.

The 66 acres of Thorncombe’s woods and heath are cross crossed with trails and tracks to head out with a picnic or plan a bike ride and Dorset Forest School runs play schemes for under 7’s and Bushcraft for over 8’s. England’s Jurassic Coast is just a few miles from Greenwood Grange, where families can spend happy hours hunting for fossils and peering into rockpools. Alternatively, there’s all the quintessential seaside fun and sandy beaches of Weymouth.

There are lots of country pubs in the surrounding villages and countryside to indulge in delicious Dorset produce, the nearest to Greenwood Grange being The Wiseman Arms in West Stafford (5 mins drive). The Blue Vinny in the quirky named Puddletown is also close by and has a great beer garden with a climbing frame and serves good food, so booking is recommended.

Dorchester (3 mins by car) is the pretty county town of Dorset and steeped in history, from the Romans to the Tolpuddle Martyrs so naturally there’s a wide range of shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and things to do. A thriving market takes place on Wednesday mornings and there’s Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Tesco for essential provisions. The supermarkets will deliver to Greenwood Grange or families could order a fab food box from www.theruralfarmshopcompany.com, who are based locally and provide ready meals, meat, fruit, veggies and even wines, beers and ciders, all delivered to the door.

Besides its history and heritage, Dorchester boasts a Dinosaur Museum and Teddy Bear Museum that will especially appeal to little ones. Families can also plan a fun day out to the award-winning Farmer Palmers Farm Park in Organford near Poole, with indoor and outdoor play areas, themed woodland trails, deer safari, pig racing and friendly animals. If the weather really isn’t great, Monkey Bizness soft play centre in Poole can also be a godsend.

Nearest medical services: GP/A&E in Dorchester, 3 miles.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 33.33%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 33.33%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival


17 Feb - 23 Mar 2017 : £1140 /week24 Mar - 13 Apr 2017 : £2140 /week14 Apr - 25 May 2017 : £1360 /week26 May - 1 Jun 2017 : £2600 /week2 Jun - 20 Jul 2017 : £2000 /week21 Jul - 31 Aug 2017 : £2938 /week1 Sep - 12 Oct 2017 : £2210 /week13 Oct - 26 Oct 2017 : £2808 /week27 Oct - 14 Dec 2017 : £1140 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : £2600 /week17 Feb - 23 Mar 2017 : €1345.542 /week24 Mar - 13 Apr 2017 : €2525.842 /week14 Apr - 25 May 2017 : €1605.208 /week26 May - 1 Jun 2017 : €3068.78 /week2 Jun - 20 Jul 2017 : €2360.6 /week21 Jul - 31 Aug 2017 : €3467.721 /week1 Sep - 12 Oct 2017 : €2608.463 /week13 Oct - 26 Oct 2017 : €3314.282 /week27 Oct - 14 Dec 2017 : €1345.542 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : €3068.78 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 33.33%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

King sized bed in master bedroom, one double bedroom and two zip and link bedrooms - 1 of which is downstairs.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Southampton airport is 1 hour and 20 mins away and Bristol Airport is 1 hour and 45 minutes away.

Airport under 3 hours drive

outhampton airport is 1 hour and 20 mins away and Bristol Airport is 1 hour and 45 minutes away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

The beaches of Weymouth (sandy) Lulworth (pebble) are a short drive away. Weymouth is a 20 minute drive and Lulworth is a 30 minute drive away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

There is a small tea room opposite the cluster, open 10 – 4 daily. Nearest shops are in Dorchester a 10 minute car journey away.

Any Pool

Indoor heated pool, exclusively for guest use with entry steps for toddlers and babies to paddle.

Indoor Play Area

Soft play area and games room.


Babysitting can be organised by prior arrangement and is £10 per hour.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Cots, wooden in larger properties and travel cots in 1 and 2 bed cottages. High chairs, stair gates, baby baths, night lights, bath mats, plastic cutlery and crockery, and bed guards also available.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Books, games and general toys.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A caterer to provide meals in cottage from formal dining to pre-prepared meals can be arranged. There is a small shop onsite with local speciality products. Supermarket deliveries welcome and the owners can recommend a local farm shop who will also deliver.

Outdoor Toys

Play yurt, swings, trampoline, and rockers.

Onsite Restaurant

Cafe located directly opposite the entrance to the cottages and is open 10 -4pm.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The cottage has a small garden with a dining area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Complimentary Wi-fi is provided.

Pet Friendly

This cottage accepts one dog.

Friendly Animals

Resident chickens, children can get involved in daily egg collelction rounds.


The Dorset golf resort at Bere Regis is just over a 15 minute drive away.

Tennis Court(s)

There are two tennis courts and a badminton court on site and racquets and nets are provided.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots can be provided.

Daily Cleaning

Can be arranged at an additional charge. The is also a communal laundry room.

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