Rates from:
1409.00 GBP


  • Durbaville cottage
    Durbaville cottage
  • Durbaville cottage dining
    Durbaville cottage dining
  • Durbaville cottage lounge
    Durbaville cottage lounge
  • Lounge seating area
    Lounge seating area
  • Durbaville cottage kitchen
    Durbaville cottage kitchen
  • Durbaville cottage double bedroom
    Durbaville cottage double bedroom
  • Durbaville cottage bedroom
    Durbaville cottage bedroom
  • Double bedroom
    Double bedroom
  • Roll top bath in master bedroom
    Roll top bath in master bedroom
  • Master bedroom
    Master bedroom
  • Master bedroom
    Master bedroom
  • Durbaville Image 12
    Durbaville Image 12
  • Family shower room
    Family shower room
  • Durbaville cottage private garden with hot tub
    Durbaville cottage private garden with hot tub


, United Kingdom

Per week

from 1409.00 to 3713.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Zoe Belcher

Member since Feb 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:80%
  • Avg. Response Time:
  • Availability Updated:2 days 1 hour

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.

Durbaville (sleeps 8 + baby) is a lovely large bungalow, set in its own private garden and with flexible bedroom arrangements to suit extended families and friends. The cosy living area features comfy sofas and armchairs, a wall mounted TV, DVD player and wood burning stove, with bamboo flooring throughout making the cottage cosy for little feet and French doors opening into the private garden with a dining table and barbecue. Leading off the living area is the big master bedroom, with a wrought iron bedstead, designer wall fire, plenty of a space for a cot and a claw foot, roll top bath for parents to indulge in a deep, decadent soak with a glass of bubbly. The master bedroom also has a separate ensuite WC. The open plan kitchen/dining area is at the other end of the living area, with a table that seats 8 and all the essentials for family self catering, including double oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine. Down a hallway from the kitchen/diner are the other 3 bedrooms – one with a double bed, one with twin zip link beds and an ensuite shower room/WC, and a children’s room with bunk beds and a cot. There is also a separate tiled shower room with a large walk-in shower, washbasin and WC. The private garden has a dining table and barbecue for family feasts al fresco.

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: 09:00


Reservation Deposit: 33.33%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 09:00


Reservation Deposit: 33.33%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival


5 Jun - 21 Jul 2022 : £2366 /week22 Jul - 2 Sep 2022 : £3536 /week3 Sep - 13 Oct 2022 : £2366 /week14 Oct - 27 Oct 2022 : £3323 /week28 Oct - 15 Dec 2022 : £2278 /week16 Dec - 31 Dec 2022 : £3073 /week1 Jan - 3 Jan 2023 : £3073 /week4 Jan - 9 Feb 2023 : £1409 /week10 Feb - 23 Feb 2023 : £2179 /week24 Feb - 30 Mar 2023 : £1409 /week31 Mar - 13 Apr 2023 : £2861 /week14 Apr - 25 May 2023 : £1698 /week26 May - 1 Jun 2023 : £3221 /week2 Jun - 20 Jul 2023 : £2484 /week21 Jul - 31 Aug 2023 : £3713 /week1 Sep - 12 Oct 2023 : £2484 /week13 Oct - 27 Oct 2023 : £3489 /week28 Oct - 14 Dec 2023 : £2391 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2023 : £3227 /week5 Jun - 21 Jul 2022 : €2762.447 /week22 Jul - 2 Sep 2022 : €4128.492 /week3 Sep - 13 Oct 2022 : €2762.447 /week14 Oct - 27 Oct 2022 : €3879.802 /week28 Oct - 15 Dec 2022 : €2659.702 /week16 Dec - 31 Dec 2022 : €3587.912 /week1 Jan - 3 Jan 2023 : €3587.912 /week4 Jan - 9 Feb 2023 : €1645.092 /week10 Feb - 23 Feb 2023 : €2544.113 /week24 Feb - 30 Mar 2023 : €1645.092 /week31 Mar - 13 Apr 2023 : €3340.389 /week14 Apr - 25 May 2023 : €1982.517 /week26 May - 1 Jun 2023 : €3760.711 /week2 Jun - 20 Jul 2023 : €2900.219 /week21 Jul - 31 Aug 2023 : €4335.15 /week1 Sep - 12 Oct 2023 : €2900.219 /week13 Oct - 27 Oct 2023 : €4073.617 /week28 Oct - 14 Dec 2023 : €2791.636 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2023 : €3767.716 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 09:00


Reservation Deposit: 33.33%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

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Fast Facts

1 king en-suite, 1 twin zip and link en-suite, 1 double bedroom and 1 bunk bedded room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Southampton 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)

This child friendly cottage has 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

This child friendly cottage has books, games and general toys.

Games Room

Games room with soft play area.

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

This child friendly cottage has a play yurt, swings, trampoline, and rockers.

Visiting Spa Therapist

The owners can recommend a beauty therapist who can come to the cottage.

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.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Stove in the lounge.

Hot Tub

Private hot tub in enclosed terrace.

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