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Spacious Cottage In The Heart Of Rural Dorset

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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

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.

More Details

Paul Sommerfeld
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

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 Blandford Forum

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.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Anne, Christmas 2013

I just wanted to write immediately to thank you for allowing us the pleasure of using Greygles for what was a truly wonderful Christmas. We had every home comfort we could ask for and my sister and I had a fun time cooking Christmas dinner in your spacious kitchen with the help of both the Aga and the electric oven. Your beautiful dining room is the perfect venue to host the festive meal. Despite the weather, we also managed several lovely walks through muddy fields which did us the world of good! My little dog loved it.

Sally, Liam and family. May 2013:

Thank you for making your home so welcoming. The bottle of wine and milk in the fridge on arrival were a good start to our holiday. The house is very comfortable and well equipped and our granddaughters much enjoyed the little house in the garden. We visited several nearby country houses, and also some animal parks. We also ate many good cream teas and enjoyed a good meal at the Hambro Arms in Milton Abb
Feb 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blandford Forum in North Dorset District

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs: Large, funky bathroom en suite to Bedroom 1 with toilet and both shower and free-standing, old-fashioned bath. Downstairs: Shower/toilet at foot of stairs. Bathroom/toilet adjacent to Bedroom 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en suite bathroom; Bedroom 2 with twin beds; Bedroom 3 with single bed (and possibility of adding Z bed). Downstairs: Bedroom 4 with double bed and adjacent bathroom.
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: Linen, towels, heating, electricity, cleaning, wi-fi, logs for open fire, are all included in our prices. The only extra charge we make is £20 per dog per booking to cover additional cleaning. We also welcome you with a bottle of good local Dorset wine, as well as fresh milk and tea and coffee. Outside: Greygles sits in its own small garden. There is a patio and lawn at the rear of the cottage looking out over fields. This is a quiet and peaceful spot to enjoy the good weather when it comes. Another section of the garden, with the Wendy House, is at the side of the house and overlooked from the kitchen, useful for keeping an eye on young children. To the further side of the house, is a garage which has some games facilities and is used to store garden furniture - and which guests can use for bicycles. Parking is on the driveway at the front and garage sides of the house. 4-5 cars can be fitted in but with more than 2, they block each other in. Street parking is available on Hartfoot Close, about 250 yards away. Utility Room: Combined washing machine and dryer Traditional cold marble larder shelf for vegetables and fruit Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided without extra charge. The cottage is fully cleaned between guests. For guests staying more than one week, a change of linen and towels is offered after each week. Other: There is a proper Dining Room with an antique table (seating 8 easily) and attractive Persian rugs. There is also a combined TV and video player in this room, no longer connected to an aerial, but good for letting children use our collection of videos.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Attention to detail could be seen in every room.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely, comfortable, well equipped cottage in a quiet, private location on the edge of the village

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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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.

Further Details:

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)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Blandford Forum, Dorset

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid (1)
12 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid (2)
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid (2)
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas New Year
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 8 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
Once someone has told us they are making a booking, we will not let that week to anyone else without checking with the first person.

Bookings are considered as confirmed once we receive a deposit of around one third of the price.

If you are bringing pets, please note that we charge £20 per animal per booking. The automated Owners Direct system is not quite sophisticated enough to account for multiple animals, so we may need to bill you additionally if you bring more than one pet.

The remainder is to be paid by 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our normal changeover day is Saturday. Outside peak seasons, we can be flexible about this.

Notes on prices:
Our changeover day is Saturday.

Outside peak periods, we can be flexible about length of stay and accept bookings for 2 nights or more. Prices for short bookings are given on application and reflect the fact that costs, notably cleaning, remain the same whether guests come for 2 nights or 7 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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