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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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A great afternoon out

What a little gem and now with the new visitor centre and the chance of a hot drink wonderful well done NT. Could perhaps do with a few seats on the way up to the Cottage. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
dorzetgirl
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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hortakon
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cottage is set in a great wood which allows you to really explore different paths. The cottage is wonderfully evocative of Victorian rural Dorset. The tea room is nice but the three or four people behind the counter neither acknowledged us, smiled or even made any effort to engage as we stood there for five minutes. Just unbelievable. God... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a little gem and now with the new visitor centre and the chance of a hot drink wonderful well done NT. Could perhaps do with a few seats on the way up to the Cottage. This was our second visit the first time with no visitor centre but the "staff" where very welcoming on a cold day and where... More 

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Thank dorzetgirl
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Lovely cottage and garden. Lots of things to see in surrounding area. Take bikes. Plenty of parking.

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Thank Jacqueline H
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A must do if you are a Thomas Hardy fan but be prepared for a longish walk through woods or the pot holed lane to reach it. Not very DDA compliant. Thank goodness for the great new visitor centre with cafe , recently opened ( NOT NT)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Lovely and the surroundings are great too If you havre children this is great surroundings for hide and seek etc. Good picnic area.

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Thank Loraine G
Manchester, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

For those interested in literature or one of Dorset's greats, the cottage is well worth a visit but you need to factor in a 10 minute walk through the woods from the car park. We took our two 8 and 10 year old sons and the Guide(s) indulged them with stories about Hardy's youth and long walks to and from... More 

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Thank Neil P
Exeter, Uk
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Lovely little cottage in woods, just as it was in Hardy's time. Good cafe near car park and good walks

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Thank MaryExeter_UK
southampton, England.
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

It is of course so much more than what would otherwise be an un- modernised cottage with an outside earth closet and a lovely cottage garden. This place is exactly what you want it to be, to some it will cramped with too many visitors, to others a place of enchantment. I want to go back on a day when... More 

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Thank MrDartmoor
Leeds, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

For most it's a place of pilgrimage, for some just a beautiful Dorset thatched cottage. For others is part of a walk through the woods. It is a very small cottage and there's a limit to 12 on the upper floor (one narrow stairway) so if you arrive on a busy day expect a wait. The furniture is not original... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A very pretty little thatched cottage. Situated in an idyllic setting and where Hardy spent his formative years. There was a literary group visiting at the time of our visit so please be aware that because of the internal dimensions of the cottage there is not much space at busy times. The garden is also very quaint with a dog... More 

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