THREE literary landmarks in Dorset are set to re-open this month.
Hardy’s Cottage, the childhood home of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy and his self-designed Victorian home, Max Gate, have reopened to the public after a winter break.
Meanwhile Clouds Hill, the tiny cottage belonging to TE Lawrence, is set to re-opening next week.
It comes as 2023 marks 100 years since Lawrence first arrived in Dorset and inhabited Clouds Hill.
Visitors will be welcomed with introductory talks from knowledgeable volunteers and invited to explore the rooms and beautiful gardens for a fascinating insight into the lives of these two historical figures, the National Trust said.
Hardy’s Cottage has benefitted from the restoration of the woodshed and the construction of a new perimeter deer fence, whilst original Lawrence artifacts are returning.
The artifacts of Lawrence are three small models; a power boat, an Avro Supermarine Southampton and a stainless steel seaplane.
After being locked in a display case for years, the models have been given specialist deep cleaning to restore them to their former glory.
Overseeing the reopening has been property operations manager, Rachael White, who said: “We’re really excited to be reopening the doors at Hardy’s homes and Clouds Hill once again.
“The houses will be looking at their best following deep cleaning that has taken place over the winter by our conservation team. The gardens are also springing to life with flowers coming into bloom.
“We invite everyone to come along and enjoy the atmospheric homes of Dorset’s most famous writer, Thomas Hardy and the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.”
The Trust said pre-booking is essential for Hardy’s Cottage and Clouds Hill and strongly advised for Max Gate.