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“A National Trust property with a difference”
Review of Max Gate

Max Gate
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US$134.24*
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Private Tour Visiting The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy from Weymouth Dorset
Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 September 2013

The really nice thing about Max Gate is that you can touch everything and sit on all the seats - unlike many NT house... This is because all but a couple of pieces are not original, as Thomas Hardy insisted on a house sale after his death. The house has been dressed with period things as Hardy would have had it, so the effect is there if not original. We had a wonderful time.

Thank RichardEade
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We are NT members and being in the area made our visit.
We are glad we did.
If you are remotely interested in Thomas Hardy you will be fascinated in this property.
You can read every book which is to hand, handle the contents, make your own tea and coffee and even sit on chairs for comfort!
We stayed here longer than we did at Kingston Lacey.

Thank Raymond A
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We found Max Gate having visited Hardy's Cottage in the morning, and were interested to know how the great man went on to spend his earnings from an increasingly successful literary career. Max Gate is a charming Victorian house where visitors are free to roam through the rooms and even to use some of the many items of interest. The National Trust staff are friendly and informative, and we felt respected rather than made to feel necessary but unwanted oiks as is so often the case with NT properties. The house is not as evocative as Hardy's Cottage but well worth a visit.

1  Thank Sam C
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The house is a little chopped up and the original furniture was sold off years ago. Unless you are a real Hardy fan you can skip this one as far as I am concerned

Thank StanR
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Visited this NT property during the week and found it very interesting. I loved the fact that you could sit in Hardy's kitchen, with a cup of tea and watch a video. Lovely staff there.

Thank JaneMarion
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