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Hardy's Cottage

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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Refreshments at Hardy Visitor Centre

We enjoyed coffee and cake following a group walk round the woodland paths nearby. Very pleasant experience, the cafe seems well organised and all the food produced in the small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Shropshire
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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

we visited mid week, and stopped at the new visitor centre first for a lovely bacon roll :) The helpful staff there radioed the staff at the cottage which is a 5 minute walk down a lane to arrange disabled parking for us, which was great as wheelchairs and scooters would not negotiate the lane well. We parked right by... More 

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Bridport
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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We enjoyed coffee and cake following a group walk round the woodland paths nearby. Very pleasant experience, the cafe seems well organised and all the food produced in the small preparation area looked really good. There still appears to be work to do on the outside space, but at the moment in front of the centre there is a small... More 

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Somerset
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

this is a charming and delightful addition to the area, Sara and Lydia work extremely hard to present delicious food in a light and airy setting, the cakes are mouthwatering and the lunches excellent and well presented.. We took friends there for my birthday lunch and they have all said how lovely the food was and we will all certainly... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Really interesting to see where the famous man was born. the cottage gives a view of how people must have lived in those days. Lots of interesting bits & pieces to look at. Worth a visit.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely new visitor centre and cafe with friendly and helpful staff. It was difficult to find from the direction we were travelling. We had gone to Kingston Lacy House and gardens(a must do!) and wanted to go to Hardys Cottage on way back. No obvious signs so it took a while to find. I gather that this is not unusual.... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited this in October, just opened the new visitor centre which was excellent. facilities well layed out with a cafe serving delicious food. Cottage a short 10-15 minute walk, although small gave you a good idea of what living was like in his time.

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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A small cottage,set in a lovely English country garden.Lots of original fixtures and fittings,and personal Hardy paraphernalia.Wonderful

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

After visiting Evershot where Tess was supposed to have lived and seeing Tess Cottage, the church and the Acorn inn, we went to Stinsford church where the Hardy family and Thomas' heart are buried. Strong connections to 'Under the Greenwood Tree'. We then went to the cottage where he grew up. None of the furnishings is original but everything is... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
30 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Being big fans of Thomas Hardy we had to visit the place where he was born. This is a delightful little cottage, not big but you get a real sense of atmosphere. Very knowledgable volunteers.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

You have two ways of getting to the cottage from the small car park (approx 12 cars), a forest walk which is easy to miss, and a dirt track road. We went by the road which is approximately a 1/2 mile walk, walking past the being built visitors centre (should be completed this summer!). So don't yet assume there will... More 

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