Clouds Hill

Exterior of the cottage, peeping through the trees with flowers framing the foreground

Important notice -

We're open Wed - Sun for guided tours only. You'll need to book your place on a tour in advance, it's not possible to book onto a tour on the day.

The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence

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Visitors walking around Cloud's Hill cottage exterior to enter the property

Visiting Clouds Hill: What to expect from your visit 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. Read this article to find out what you can expect from your visit, how to book, and how to change your booking. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.

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Things to see and do

Explore the unexpected at Clouds Hill

The reading room at Clouds Hill. The walls are lined with books and the tiny room is dominated by a large leather day bed for reading.

Lawrence furnished the rooms to his own personal taste and they are much as he left them giving an insight into his life and personality. Discover a reading room lined with books, a huge leather day bed and a custom made reading chair, a music room housing Lawrence’s gramophone and its huge horn as well as his original writing desk, a bathroom with no toilet and a bunkroom lined with tin foil.

Archive image of T.E.Lawrence standing up wearing trousers and a t-shirt.

Uncover the story of how one of the world's biggest celebrities turned his back on privilege and fame and found solace in friendship, music and the written word. Having safely reopened after being closed for some time, our expert guides are back at the cottage and on hand to talk you through these unique stories.

" I've taken a little cottage (half ruinous) a mile from camp, and water-tighted it to act as a room for myself. There I hope in future to do my writing, which is becoming more and more a habit."
- T.E. Lawrence, 1923
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History

A tiny cottage filled with an extraordinary contents

The blue front door at Clouds Hill with an inscription above reading 'Ou Phrontis'

Lawrence made Clouds Hill a welcoming place where there were no rigid rules of behaviour, apart from no alcohol. Over the door is carved a Greek inscription (OU PHRONTIS) from a story by Herodotus. It can be translated as ‘Don’t worry.’ When you were at the cottage you were encouraged to be yourself, to forget your worries and problems.

The gramophone with its huge horn at Clouds Hill

Music was very important to Lawrence, and his gramophones were among the finest of the time. The gramophone now in the cottage, his last, was made by E.M.Ginn of Soho Square, London. Lawrence had a wide ranging taste in music, his preference being for orchestral and chamber music, but he also explored the work of contemporary composers. His state-of-the-art-wind-up-gramophone used fibre needles for the best sound quality and if a record ever became noticeably worn he would replace it.

A black and white image of the book room at Clouds Hill, with walls lined with brimming bookshelves and a large leather day bed in the middle of the room,

Clouds Hill once housed an extraordinary library assembled by Lawrence, including a remarkable fine-print collection, as well as prose, poetry and books in Greek, Latin and French - all of which he read. His books were his most treasured possession, and upon Lawrence’s death, they were one of the most valuable assets of his estate, listed and then sold by his executors.

" Clouds Hill is going to be alright as a living place, I fancy. The last three weeks have been almost unbroken peace."
- T. E. Lawrence, 22 April 1935
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Our work

Conservationist at work cleaning a mantle piece

Our work in the cottage at Clouds Hill 

Go behind the scenes with our house and collections team to find out more about the work we do to look after Clouds Hill and care for its collection.

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Places to stay

Reception room of Portland House

National Trust places to stay in West Dorset 

West Dorset is an ideal holiday location. Our places to stay are located by the coast in gorgeous countryside that's featured in the hit TV programme Broadchurch and the Far from the Madding Crowd film starring Carey Mulligan.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Clouds Hill on the National Trust Collections website