National Trust - Hardy's Cottage, Dorchester

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Thomas Hardy's Cottage, in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, is a small cob and thatch building that is the birthplace of the English author Thomas Hardy. He was born there in 1840 and lived in the cottage until he was aged 34—during which time he wrote the novels Under the Greenwood Tree (1872) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)—when he left home to be married to Emma Gifford.The cottage was built by Hardy's great-grandfather in 1800. It is now a National Trust property, and a popular tourist attraction. The property has a typical cottage garden, and the interior displays furniture which, although not from the Hardy family, is original to the period. The property is situated on the northern boundary of Thorncombe Wood. It is only three miles from Max Gate, the house that Hardy designed and lived in with Emma Gifford from 1885 until his death in 1928.In 2012 the go ahead was given to a project to build a new visitor centre near the cottage. The project also included new trails in Thorncombe Wood. The project, which secured £525,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, was a joint partnership between Dorset County Council and the National Trust. The visitor centre opened in September 2014.
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  • It's a lovely little cottage. Hard to imagine a large family living there but it's certainly a treat. We had a lovely walk through the surrounding woods and across the old Roman road to get there. The...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite places in Dorset. I love properties that embody the person and Thomas Hardy's Cottage does just that. The cottage is approached down an unmade up road and can be muddy when ...  more »
  • If you have read any of Hardy's works then this is a must for you. Even if you haven't then to get a sense of the great mans origins which so influenced his work7 is a must. The cottage is reached via...  more »
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  • Had a fantastic time here. A beautiful cottage and loads of information from hardys life. I recommend starting with this one then going onto max gate, then the church. We had an excellent day
  • A wonderful little place. A fascinating little cottage. An enriching experiencing heightened by the knowlegable National Trust volunteers.
  • Lovely cottage, with nice walks through the woods. Nice coffee shop. Reasonable price to get in. Well looked after.
  • A place you could spend a good hour looking around. Plus various walks.
  • Charming cottage and volunteers very knowledgeable about Hardy. Gardens and woodland walks were beautiful. Downside s were paying for the cat park and the ticket office which seemed to be elbowed out of the way by the cafe.

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