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Max Gate, Dorchester

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  • August 10, 2017
    Thomas Hardy designed this house himself and wrote and lived here, plenty of rooms to look around and staff on hand with any questions. All the rooms are furnished with lots of books etc. There is a k...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Notwithstanding the furniture is not more original, is the House still worth to visit. Hardy's Cottage and then first visit Max Gate, then you go from Hardy's youth to his later life. Particularly impressed by the story of Hardy's wife, who pulled on her private floor. The garden is also worth a visit, there is an excavated to see a full stone stone circle (which was later discovered). Parking is limited, street parallel to a busy road and not so many places available.
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  • July 28, 2017
    This is where TH lived once the money started coming on and where he ended his days. Parking can be difficult a one way line just of an A-road. Knowledgeable and friendly docents. One of the most inte...  more »
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  • I found this to be one of the nicest NT properties to visit. Why ? Well two reasons. First it was very relaxed - you could walk everywhere without ropes stopping you from entering rooms and no blinds making the rooms so dark. Second, the staff. The gentleman on reception was very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. Byron who was a guide in a couple of the rooms was both knowledgeable with good humour. Max Gate is just so relaxed and friendly, much less formal and "protected". Maybe more NT properties should be less "finished"/ "polished".
  • Fascinating insight into Hardy's life. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and have some great anecdotes. Parking looks like it could be bit limited at busy times, though.
  • Full of Victoriana and stuff from Hardy's life. I was disappointed that the kitchen was not the soul of the house, but a shop with video playing. Go to the cottage in Puddletown forest instead!
  • A lovely garden, helpful staff. Great place 2 learn about a great family.
  • Beautiful house,gardens and a great game of family croquet.

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