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Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
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Ranked #8 of 23 Attractions in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
47 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was a nightmare visit. On going down the access road towards the NT car park for the Cottage we were confronted by a huge delivery lorry and several white vans reversing. There is a new cafe and visitor centre being built on the corner of the path and car park.There was no foot path towards the carpark which was... More

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Empingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We did a Hardy walk followed by a visit to the cottage. We had gone on the Tuesday to find it not open. To be fair, the web site showed it as closed but there's nothing on the road in or car park to show the opening times and days. We just happened to meet someone else on the way... More

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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

A really quaint "chocolate box" looking cottage. It's not a very large place but it was very fascinating to go around each room to visualise how he lived in his early life. Special mention to the National Trust guy who was reciting some extremely interesting stories and information; top stuff! Beware: The car park is a 5\10 minute walk away... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A lovely little cottage, well worth a visit if you're a Hardy fan. The only reason I didn't rate higher was because of the access to the cottage on foot. There are two routes to take, either via a lane or through a wood. I took the route through the wood, and was surprised it wasn't more clearly signposted considering... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The first view of the cottage is when you emerge from the woodland after a lovely stroll from the car park. It is truly stunning with smoke coming from the chimney of this fairy tale setting. It was a lovely day and we sat for a while in the flower garden just enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. The staff were friendly... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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139 reviews 139 reviews
69 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Not only ks the cottage worth the visit, tne situation is really lovely with woods surrounding the place. The cottage was unspoilt and as it was, which is always a plus.

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