Located in Dorchester, Dorset
Stourcastle is a holiday cottage in Dorchester, Dorset, sleeping 4 in fabulous surroundings of 4 acres including indoor swimming pool and tennis courts
Stourcastle is part of a collection of premium holiday accommodation numbering 16 cottages in total in Higher Bockhampton just 2 miles from Dorchester. Set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens the Greenwood Grange collection of cottages has combined quality accommodation, great facilities within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere. All cottages have undertaken a major refurbishment with individually styled interiors using natural and recycled material where possible leading to a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award.
The facilities on site include a stunning Roman inspired indoor heated swimming pool complete with mural. It is a generous size at 32ft x 18ft, has changing facilities, a shallow 'D' end for children's paddling and is open exclusively to guests only all year round. The swimming pool complex also houses the six person sauna. Next to the pool building the leisure building has plenty to do regardless of the weather with TVs, table tennis, table football, bar billiards and a full sized pool table. There is also a fenced under fives play area with slide, play train and tot rocker.
The 4 acres of gardens are a lovely place to wander and relax in or be a little more energetic with two tennis courts and lawns set out for croquet and badminton. There is a children's play area with swings and a yurt full of toys and games. There is a dog exercise paddock and an organic vegetable garden with a pick your own area. Free range chickens provide eggs that can be enjoyed by everyone.
At the entrance is Thorncombe wood which stretches for 70 acres and is full of magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. It makes for a great walking area in some of the prettiest countryside and is just one of many walks you can enjoy from this location.
The accommodation at Stourcastle comprises of an open plan living and dining area with access to the garden with sofa and chair, TV with Freeview and DVD player and a fireplace. The kitchen overlooks the courtyard and comes equipped with an electric hob and oven, microwave, breakfast bar, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and a range of accessories and utensils. Up the stairs where you will find a master bedroom that is arranged as a double with Freeview TV and DVD player. Bedroom two has zip and link beds so can be configured as either a double or a twin depending upon your requirements. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, basin and toilet.
Outside there are beautiful communal grounds of 4 acres filled with things to do as described above. There is parking available for several cars in on site communal car park. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset with a long history dating back to pre Roman times. Best known perhaps as the birthplace of Thomas Hardy his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, is based on Dorchester. Being the county town there are lots of attractions, both indoor and out with plenty of museums, country houses and gardens and historical sites to visit.Read more
Although there is a lot happening in Dorchester the surrounding villages are also worth a visit. In Charminster you will find Wolfeton House, an Elizabethan House set in water-meadows. Kingston Maurwood is just 1.5 miles from Dorchester and is a Georgian mansion surrounded by 35 acres of gardens, 5 of which is a beautiful lake. Lots of events happen here throughout the year including open air concerts so do have a look to see if events coincide with your visit. Tolpuddle houses the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, birthplace of the Trade Unions. Cerne Abbas has the largest hill figure in Britain, aptly named the Cerne Abbas Giant, standing at 180 feet in height and carrying a club a sizeable 120 feet in length. While in Cerne Abbas have a walk around Cerne Abbey.
In May the Dorchester Festival is held over 5 days with both free and ticketed events. The festival is broad in nature, with comedy, theatre, music, sculpture, food, painting and much more. The Forever Sun Festival is at the end of July and is a music festival with five stages. August hosts the One World Festival with world food, music and activities. In August, the Dorset Food and Arts Festival takes place in the square in Poundbury with huge farmer's market, music and a mixed programme of arts and performances. From April to October join the Dorchester Town Ghost Walks form the Kings Arms. Dorchester Corn Exchange has events on all through the year, from top comedians to music acts. Finally, the Dorset County Show is held at the start of September and features two days of events, animals, farming, crafts, gardening, shopping and food and drink.
There are many attractions in and around Dorchester, too many to list here to do the area justice but I will do my best. In Dorchester itself lies The Keep Military Museum, 4 floors of military history focusing on the Dorsetshire regiment over the past 500 years. Dorchester also has the Dorset County Museum, a remarkable museum with ever changing exhibitions alongside permanent galleries covering ancient Dorset, Jurassic Dorset, rural Dorset, Writer's Dorset, the Victorians and Dorchester itself. The Dinosaur Museum is also located in Dorchester and has been running since 1984. This award winning museum has life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils, skeletons and hands on displays. A must for the dinosaur lover. Finally, the Teddy Bear Museum is a celebration of all things stuffed in teddy form that will delight those young of heart. Aside from the museum is the Teddy bear house and a shop.
If you are looking for a peaceful day out then head to Sculpture by the Lakes. Set in 26 acres of beautiful countryside, this attraction is equally good for lovers of the outdoors as well as the arts blending nature’s beauty with inspiring art. Run by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon, the attraction is open all year round but is only bookable online to keep visitor numbers capped so you can enjoy the experience as it was intended.
To the east of Dorchester lies Max Gate, the childhood home of Thomas Hardy now owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Staying with If you want one of the best views over the county then head to Hardys Monument, a monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy who served with Lord Nelson. Set on the hills to the south west of Dorchester, the view from here is far reaching and on a clear day, from the top of the tower, you will be seeing pretty much all of the county of Dorset. Also worth a visit is Athelhampton House and Gardens. Dating from 1485, the house is a great example of Tudor architecture while the gardens have many areas to explore including the Great Court with its pyramid shaped yew trees, the private garden, octagonal pond and out towards the River Piddle where the gardens change from formal to natural. Just to the south-west of Dorchester lies Maiden Castle run by the English Heritage, one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort's in Europe with a 4,000 year history.
Food lovers won't be disappointed with the offering in and around Dorchester with huge variety. You have tastes from around the world, from Japanese to the Mediterranean, traditional English to a French Creperie. Dorchester also has the only restaurant in Dorset with a Michelin Star, Sienna. I suggest you book!Read less
Bournemouth is 30 miles away
Bristol is 49 miles away
Exeter is 54 miles away