Hardy's birthplace

Hardy's birthplace in Dorset © Andrew Butler

Hardy's birthplace in Dorset

The cottage where Hardy was born

The cottage garden

The garden reflects most people's idea of a typical cottage garden, with roses around the front door, and the sound of birdsong, even in winter.

The interior

Once inside you will find 19th-century rural life, with its open hearths, small windows and stone floors, was not always idyllic. The furniture on display is not from the Hardy family, but it is original to the period.

Thorncombe Woods

The cottage sits next to Thorncombe Wood, owned and managed by Dorset County Council. This is an ancient woodland and nature reserve that opens out onto heathland and the beginning of Hardy's Egdon Heath.