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Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
01305/262366
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Ranked #7 of 23 Attractions in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Congleton
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW 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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Dorset,UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
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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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68 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a lovely National Trust property to visit and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Boulder, Colorado
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Set in a wooded area that you must walk to from the car park--it takes 10-15 min. Very interesting to see how his family lived as we walked from room to room. The garden was lovely and full of flowers.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The walk through the woods feels a long way because you're not sure where you're going but it is only a few minutes. It's worth it for the first glimpse - a traditional thatched cottage with smoke curling from its chimney set in a forest glade. The furnishings are not original Hardy but have been carefully collected to reflect a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A lovely old cottage set in a magical cottage garden. quite small and doesn't take long to get around. National Trust.

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dorset
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20 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Small cottage, lovely garden and walk through the woods to get their and see the roman road. Beware of the steps from Granny's bedroom though they are more like a loft ladder

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western new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While a bit hard to find, rewards await those who make their way to this cottage doorway. The staff are exceptional in their friendly and knowledgable interpretation of the site. The know the history and literature and they do an excellent job of welcoming and informing the visitors.

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