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“A must for Hardy buffs”
Review of Hardy's Cottage

Hardy's Cottage
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Ranked #7 of 47 things to do in Dorchester
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Strangely, Thomas Hardy was embarrassed by his humble origins, although the cottage where he lived throughout his childhood for much of his early adult life is very attractive and much photographed, as well as being situated in a beautiful location. It must have been more beautiful in Hardy's day, when the land immediately behind it was the beginning of a huge expanse of heath (the Egdon Heath of some of his novels), instead of being planted with silly Christmas trees - a mistake made by the Forestry Commission when they ruined so much of Dorset's extensive heathlands by covering them with these unappealing trees. Hardy wrote 'Under the Greenwood Tree' and 'Far from the Madding Crowd' when living in this cottage.

The half mile woodland walk from the car park to the cottage is delightful, as the path takes you through a proper well established wood, mostly of deciduous trees.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

I visited the cottage with one leg in plaster, accompanied by my partner and his mother, who has mobility problems. Although there was no warning in the NT book, it became clear that there was a long walk from the car park to the cottage over very uneven terrain. We phoned the cottage from the car park and were allowed to drive up to the cottage. We were met and admitted at the side gate and our NT membership cards were taken to the entrance for us. All this was much appreciated.
It was very interesting to see the place where Hardy was born, lived for so long and wrote some of his novels. I could not have visited the cottage without this assistance.

1  Thank Annecourtbrown
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Peaceful is the best way to describe this tucked away cottage. Seeing how Thomas Hardy used to live with his family and walking around the well kept garden was complemented by Harriet the warden playing the violin. A lovely National Trust experience.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Had a very warm welcome from the staff, and they are a mine of information.
The cottage is set out as closely as possible to how it would have been when Thomas Hardy lived there, and an interesting video shows the cottage used as a setting for part of 'Under the Greenwood Tree', acted out by a local company.
Very well done, as the NT always does.
Don't miss Max Gate in Dorchester, the house Thomas Hardy lived in after he married, another National Trust property.

Thank Ediegran
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Whether a big Hardy fan or not, you will be welcomed by the friendly volunteers who staff the house. Not formal or stuffy like some houses you can visit, but a very hands on type of place. Touch, read, pick up many of the items around the house and enjoy learning more about TH and the surrounding area. A very relaxed and unhurried place to visit.

Thank LouiseDorset
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