Greygles is a spacious cottage, faced in local stone, set at the southern end of the village but looking directly out over fields and hills. It is quiet, peaceful, and in the heart of English countryside at its best; yet only a few minutes' drive to many attractions, local towns and the coast. 'Greygles' is an old word for bluebells and they are truly abundant in the garden and local woods. The house has a country look but as it was built only 40 or so years ago, the interior benefits from the practical space of modern design. Given our travels, the house also has many mementos of other parts of the World. With its four bedrooms, one on the ground floor, and three bathrooms, it is ideal for families and friendship groups. The Aga in the kitchen, the open fire in the living room, the funky style of the main bathroom, and the Wendy House in the garden, all help to give a distinctive feel to this delightful home in the heart of rural England. Yet it is also functional with wi-fi, a small library of books (With several Thomas Hardy novels as Greygles is right in the middle of Hardy Country), barbecue and garden furniture, and parking for 4-5 vehicles and a garage to store bicycles. All our prices are inclusive. Other than a small charge for dogs, no extra charges for cleaning, linen, wi-fi, heating, etc are requested.
Cottage in Melcombe Bingham, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, England - Part Of Village But Right On Fields Edge With Views To Gentle Hills. Countryside Walks On Doorstep
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About Paul Sommerfeld
We both still work although of an age when we might be retired. Monica is a solicitor; Paul is involved in managing charities concerned with tuberculosis, influenza and education for co-operatives. From when our children were young, we have gone self catering. The 'children' are now adults but we still self cater on our own holidays. We enjoy the pleasure of having our own space and the facilities of a home, a much better - and cheaper - option than hotels. The way we furnish, equip and run Greygles reflects our own experiences. We make sure Greygles has the things we have missed in other properties where we have stayed.
Paul Sommerfeld purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Paul Sommerfeld chose Dorchester
Dorset is a delight. It is proper countryside with delightful small towns, lovely hill country and dramatic coastline, yet very accessible being only two and a half hours' drive from London or Birmingham. Melcombe Bingham is in the heart of Dorset's central hills, a working village with a sense of community. It is off the tourist trail, and gives a real sense of being away from it all. Wonderful walking is right on the doorstep. A 20 minute stroll to a hiddden 14th century church, an hour to the Dorsetshire Gap (a natural break in the ridge), or join the Wessex Ridgeway just outside the village and go as far as you like. Then all the length of the astounding Jurassic Coast from Swanage to Abbotsbury is little more than 30-40 minutes' drive away.
What makes this Cottage unique
Greygles is a comfortable, quiet, 4-bedroomed cottage in its own small garden with a patio and lawn looking straight out across a large field to hills. A wonderful, restful spot but with all facilities. One of the double bedrooms, being on the ground floor with an adjacent bathroom, is great for people who do not like to struggle up stairs. The living room has an open fire, delightful for cosy evenings. The kitchen has an Aga as well as an ordinary cooker. For smaller guests, there is a Wendy House in the garden. At the other end of the village, 5-10 minutes' walk away are The Fox pub and an extensive village store. bluebellsmementos of africa etc
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Beautiful cottage and location
Lovely cottage with plenty of room, thank you to Paul for welcome pack and card, we had a fab time and weather was kind too.
Thank you very much for taking the trouble to post a review of your stay in Greygles. We are very glad that you had a good Autumn break in Greygles and found it to be spacious and comfortable. Best wishes, Paul and Monica
Attention to detail could be seen in every room.
Great cottage, with lots of room. Individually decorated with interesting features. Owners included a welcome card and flowers on the table, as well as the usual things to be expected.
A lovely, comfortable, well equipped cottage in a quiet, private location on the edge of the village
Spent a great long weekend at Greygles. It has a small, secluded garden which surrounds the cottage and has great views over bordering farmland.
Plenty of room for a family of five. Would definitely recommend for a peaceful break.
Many beaches and sights along the section of the Jurassic Coast from Swanage to Abbotsbury, with its wonderful cliffs, coves, beaches and fossils are within 30 minutes' drive of Greygles. Purbeck, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach are special places that can be easily reached from Greygles.
Dorset is mercifully free of motorways and has few trunk roads, yet is easily accessible in 2-3 hours driving from London, Birmingham and other major cities. Coming from abroad, the nearest car ferries come into Poole (22 miles). Useful international airports are Bournemouth (30 miles), Southampton (50 miles), London Heathrow (112 miles), and London Gatwick (135 miles).
Trains to Dorchester and then taxi or bus are possible but realistically, a car is essential to get around while at Greygles
Greygles is only 10-15 miles from several pleasant towns – Dorchester, Sturminster Newton, Sherborne and Blandford Forum. The nearest large town is Bournemouth, 30 miles to the south-east.
Points on the Jurassic Coast between Swanage and Abbotsbury are around 20 miles away, 30-40 minutes' drive.
The Tank Museum, Monkey World, Athelhampton House, Minterne Gardens, Maiden Castle, and much else are less than 30 minutes' drive away.
Melcombe Bingham and Ansty are really just two parts of the same village, separated by a stream. The Fox at Ansty is a wellknown pub restaurant, 10 minutes walk from Greygles. The Brewery Farm Shop is opposite The Fox and an extensive village store.
Places to walk to include the 14th Century church in the grounds of Bingham's Melcombe, another delightful church at Hilton, Dorsetshire Gap - a natural break in the ridge, the Brace of Pheasants at Plush, Milton Abbey, Bulbarrow viewpoint, and Rawlsbury Camp (a dramatic Iron Age fort)