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Stay in Dorset's Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and first acclaimed literary success, Far From the Madding Crowd is gracing our screens, bringing with it an array of highs, lows and visual feasts. Set in Victorian England, this classic hit follows the enthralling tale of the wilful and alluring Bathsheba Everdene as she is pursued by the trials and tribulations of life, as well as three very different suitors.

Brought back to life through this compelling re-enactment, Far From the Madding Crowd treats its audience to captivating scenes and a fantastic insight into the wonders of Dorset. With its stunning variety of landscapes and inherent natural beauty, Dorset provides a stunning backdrop to this gripping tale and lends itself perfectly to the richness and beauty of the film. Here, we detail the natural stars of the show, so you can dive into your favourite scenes and experience Dorset for yourself.

Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset

The sleepy civil parish of Mapperton is located three miles south east of Beaminster in Dorset. Famous for its beautiful manor house and grounds, this unassuming haven has found its way onto the big screen.  Appearing as Bathsheba’s farm, Mapperton steals the screen and our imaginations. With architecture spanning from the 16th to 18th century, each period beautifully complements the next through layers of intricate engineering and design, presenting a perfect time capsule and backdrop for Far From the Madding Crowd. With 22 of our luxury cottages near Mapperton Gardens, there is plenty of choice for you to dive back in time and discover this gorgeous slice of history for  yourself.

West Bay, Dorset

West Bay

Also featured in the ITV drama Broadchurch, West Bay has once again taken centre stage. This time, West Bay acts as the dramatic backdrop to the tragic scene whereby Gabriel Oaks discovers his dead sheep, which have been callously driven off a cliff. Whereas Dorset is blessed with lush countryside, West Bay is a perfect example of the stunning coastline that can also be found, and the variety of landscapes emblematic to Dorset. Located at the mouth of the River Brit, West Bay makes up part of the gorgeous Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site stretching for 96 miles, and also lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you’d like to discover this cinematic part of the world, check out one of our 18 holiday cottages located within ten miles of West Bay.

Eype, Dorset

Located near West Bay, Eype is a beautiful village situated in West Dorset. Also situated on the famous World Heritage coastline, Eype is a natural choice for the big screen. Featured in scenes where Gabriel takes refuge in a hut close to the sea and where he runs up a steep cliff after his sheep, Eype draws the viewer in with its natural beauty and rugged landscape. Home to Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast, reaching 191 meters above sea level, Eype offers stunning walks and an extraordinary feast for the eye. With such spectacular scenery, it’s well worth a visit. Fortunately, we have 19 self catering cottages for you to consider, all located within 10 miles of Eype’s Mouth Beach.

Golden Cap

Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset

Sitting on the Somerset/Dorset border, Forde Abbey is another star to feature in Far From the Madding Crowd. A former Cistercian monastery, the Abbey’s arresting Great Hall features as the Corn Exchange, where the pivotal first meeting between Bathsheba and the handsome Mr Boldwood takes place. Although the Abbey underwent a little makeover of its own for the film, visitors can take a trip to the hall and gardens, and imagine themselves retracing the steps of their favourite protagonists. As stated on the Abbey’s website, Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. If you would like to see it for yourself and explore the beautiful surrounding areas, we have 36 cottages for you to enjoy stays within ten miles of Forde Abbey.

Durdle Door

A natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth, Durdle Door is truly a sight to behold. Featured in a scene where Sergeant Troy enjoys a swim in a nearby bay, Durdle Door’s beautiful waters look as tempting to dive into as they are to look at. With plenty of walks down to the beach and in the surrounding areas, it’s no surprise why Durdle Door is so popular and has rightly secured itself a place on the big screen. With its beauty speaking for itself, Durdle Door is a must see. Fortunately, Classic Cottages have 4 cottages near Durdle Door for you, so that you can personally discover all this intriguing place has to offer.

Looking along the coast west of Durdle Door

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