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Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens
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Owner description: This fifteenth-century, charming thatched cottage was the childhood home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's sweet-heart and wife.Experienced guides explain the stories behind the Shakespeare connection and the history of some well-known English idioms such as "chairman of the board".There are nine acres of gardens and grounds to explore including a lavender maze, a woodland walk, the Shakespeare arboretum and a living willow cabin where you may listen to some of Shakespeare's sonnets.
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Very pretty to look at when you get there but not much else, kids would be pretty bored. The souvenir shop was very reasonable and the staff very knowledgeable.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Loved going here. Being someone who wished to be back in an era such as this, I found myself in my glory here. So relaxing. The grounds, flowers so beautiful! The house itself such a treat to see. The thatched house is superb inside, I was here in 1983, 1990 and again in 2013 and though my memory of it isn't very clear, it is worth the trip to see it. I could have spent all day there enjoying the gardens and the inside. They have done a wonderful job with upkeep and it is to be cherished. Take your time both inside and out!

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

My traveling companions and I had a notion that we would make a quick stop here as we were driving out of Stratford to continue on our trip. We stayed for much longer than expected. The tour was delightful, the docents extremely knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

Thank GaryK104
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Arrived a bit late but hopped on a sightseeing bus and was able to hear some fascinating history about the area and Shakespeare. We stopped at the Anne Hathaway Cottage and really enjoyed all we learned. Wish we had more time there so we could have visited Shakespeare's mothers farm and his home as well.

Thank Dkissel
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

This beautiful, thatched, timbered cottage surrounded with flowers couldn’t be more British if it tried. This is where Shakespeare’s wife-to-be lived, and it’s more than likely that he knew the cottage well. A guide explained what to look out for, then we climbed the narrow stairs to see the upper floor, complete with a four poster bed and a charming carved cradle. Downstairs there was the old kitchen and the parlour, and, thanks to the guide, it was easy to imagine everyday life in this place where Anne and William probably did their courting.
Outside, the gardens were stunning. When we went there were masses of sweet peas, just coming onto the end of the flowering season. There was also a magnificent willow sculpture in the shape of an ‘o’, through which you could take a superb photo of the cottage! As with most of the Shakespeare properties they are a magnet for tourists, so if possible avoid visiting in the height of the season. We went the 2nd week in September, and though still busy, it never felt overcrowded.
We bought the 5 house combined ticket (£20.50 for us as we are concessions) and it is valid for a whole year which is great value.

Thank susan b
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