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Max Gate, Dorchester

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  • We visited here after we'd been to Thomas Hardy's cottage. It is a great house which Hardy himself designed and got his brother to build it. Hardy was a very clever man in the way he designed and fitt...  more »
  • After visiting Stinsford Church, I found this place was only about a mile away. When I arrived, I found I was only allowed to park on the one side and it was full. So, I parked just round the corner (...  more »
  • Following a visit to Hardy's cottage, we visited Max Gate, which provided a fascinating insight into the author's later life. The guides were friendly and provided a lot of information on the house an...  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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