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Hardy's Cottage

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Address: Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ, England
Phone Number: 01305/262366
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Literary Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Dorset
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Been to Hardy's Cottage three times before, but hadn't approached it from the woodland walk previously. Think it's a much better way to first view the cottage from the woodland... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Fawley, United Kingdom
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Fawley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Been to Hardy's Cottage three times before, but hadn't approached it from the woodland walk previously. Think it's a much better way to first view the cottage from the woodland direction. There's a lovely mellow atmosphere around the place and it's a quintessentially English cottage garden setting and quite homely. Nice walking area with the Hardy Trail and Puddletown Trail.... More 

Thank kimbayley
Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lovely idyllic cottage nestled in well kept gardens with a woodland walk for those who want a gentle ramble amongst the trees. Plenty of history of the Hardy family and the National Trust guides encourage you to explore the house by looking in cupboards and drawers. On busy days, a queue will build up due to the cottage being... More 

Thank Laura R
Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic romantic cottage set in woodland. Excellent staff. Atmospheric particularly if you a Hardy devotee. Peaceful.

Thank Martin G
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This little cottage is stepped in history and is very well presented by the National Trust. There is a lovely walk through the woods to get to the cottage with plenty of parking now and a new Vistor / cafe centre. Sadly no road signs on the A35 (brown ones or NT) to tell you where to turn off this... More 

Thank dorzetgirl
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice place super gardens and take a walk in the woods and do a picnic lots of wildlife it must have been a real inspiration for Hardy

Thank the_huner
Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Its a few years since we last visited Hardy's cottage and we were pleased to discover that there is now a visitors centre and the whole of the cottage can now be viewed. Definitely a 'must see' visit where they have articles placed throughout the cottage that would have been typical of Hardy's time and that you can actually touch!... More 

Thank Ian L
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this beautiful cottage. I loved taking the longer walk to the cottage via the woods- it was beautiful and peaceful! The grounds were charming with lots to see and smell and the house itself was also very nice. There are a few rooms to see and a member of staff helpfully sat and told... More 

Thank Poppy R
Letchworth ,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are two routes to get to the cottage .One is a fairly steep walk through the woods ,not suitable for people with nobility issues ,and then there is the lane that leads from below the visitors centre up to the cottage .This is a flatter walk ,but not necessarily well signposted . The cottage is magical .You really get... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We hadn't visited Hardy's Cottage for many years and decided to take the walk through the woods, rather than the gravel path. It is a lovely walk and brings you to the side of the cottage where you can see a well tended vegetable garden. The cottage garden planting in front of the cottage is stunning and at its best... More 

Thank kittyginger
Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thomas Hardy's cottage is delightful as is the garden. I really felt I had learnt something about the author and his family. It does take some skill to actually find the cottage though as is not at all well signed and we seemed to find it more by luck in the end!

Thank wenjaye

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