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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.
From 12 March, Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm.
Clouds Hill will re-open in March following its usual closure for essential maintenance over the winter months. Come and see this special place looking its very best after lots of TLC, and the surrounding grounds bursting into life for spring.
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.
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.
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.