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The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence

'I've a hut in a wood near camp wherein I spend my spare evenings' - the words of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, about Clouds Hill.

This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition.

Please note: Because the cottage is much as Lawrence left it, there is no electric light and we keep light levels low to protect the original contents. This adds to the authentic experience at the cottage, but some visitors may wish to time their visit to take advantage of the longer, lighter days of summer.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Fri 18 - Mon 21 April, 11am-5pm.

Explore the house as you collect all the clues on our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Then claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

  • £2.50 per child
  • Last admission time 4.30pm

For more information call 01929 405616 or send us an email.

Out and about

View of Clouds Hill from the ridge

View of Clouds Hill from the ridge

While visiting the cottage, take time to explore the grounds. Perhaps enjoy a picnic at the top of the hill where you'll have outstanding views over the Isle of Purbeck.

Or why not try a walk along the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, which takes you through idyllic country lanes and leafy woodlands. This circular trail starts and finishes at Bovington's famous Tank Museum, taking in Clouds Hill and the churchyard of St Nicholas' Church in Moreton, Lawrence's final resting place.

Please use one of the walkers' car parks not far from the cottage.

Explore Hardy Country

Follow in the footsteps of Hardy as you explore Hardy Country

Follow in the footsteps of Hardy as you explore Hardy Country

The famous Dorset author and poet Thomas Hardy was a great friend of Lawrence and regularly visited him at Clouds Hill. Why not combine your visit to Clouds Hill with an exploration of Hardy Country. Follow Hardy’s story from his place of birth in Higher Bockhampton to his home at Max Gate, then on to his final resting place at St Michael’s Church in Stinsford. You can learn more about his life and work at the Dorset County Museum and get your photo taken next to the Hardy memorial.

Time for tea?

Due to its intimate size, we can't accommodate a tea-room at Clouds Hill. Your nearest place for refreshments is the award-winning Moreton Tearooms about three miles away in Moreton. It's open for morning coffee, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. We can heartily recommend the delicious home-baked cakes and scones.