Family Days Out – National Trust Gems

Three Little Known National Trust Gems in Dorset.

Amongst hundreds of varied, exciting days out, there are several little known National Trust days out in Dorset. So what and where are these hidden National Trust experiences?

Few authors are as closely associated with their birthplace as Thomas Hardy. His novels were set in the breathtaking, rolling countryside of Dorset; which so many associate with the green land of England from times gone by. Dorset’s famous wordsmith, Thomas Hardy is most associated with his grand house, Max Gate, which is managed by the trust.  The Trust also manage Hardy’s first home; our hidden National Trust treasure is this beautiful little thatched cottage near Puddletown where Hardy was born and penned some early novels. This delightful little cottage nestles at the foot of Thorncombe woods, which is managed by the local council. You can visit the cottage and enjoy a lovely stroll through the woods, there is a short half hour stroll or longer walks onto the adjoining nature reserve. A brand new cafe is on site with plenty of parking  and pets are welcome in the private seating area outside.

lawrence of arabiaMany of you will have seen Laurence Olivier in the epic Lawrence of Arabia, but did you know that he lived and died in Dorset? T E Lawrence was killed whilst riding his Brough Superior on a Dorset back road close to Moreton. The National Trust now manage his home known as Clouds Hill, it is located near the small town of Bovington and still remains the isolated haven that T E Lawrence craved. Please note that the cottage does not have electricity so visit during the day time only.

national trust day out at hod hillOur last, little known National Trust day out is Hod Hill in northern Dorset. This ancient hill fort is a must visit for those that love the countryside, history and a good view. From Shillingstone, you can walk along a babbling stream and up a steep hill to the top of the hill fort and the earth works. The ditches and ramparts can be clearly seen as are the entrances to the fort which was used through the Iron Age and by the Romans. Hod Hill is the perfect spot for a summers evening walk, enjoy the stunning views over the Blackmoor Vale and the rare fauna. Dogs are welcome, but livestock grazes here, so they should be kept on a lead.

If you want to know more about our National Trust treasures or some of the trust’s other properties and gardens please visit:

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If you would like to explore Dorset, why not check out all of our holiday cottages and start planning your break today.

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