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HF Book Club - Thomas Hardy Weekend on the Dorset Coast

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Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Literary Holidays
from £399pp £299pp

Take yourself ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ to the Dorset coast for a weekend of lively discussion about the works of Thomas Hardy. Based in our house overlooking the sea at Lulworth Cove you’ll be looking at a view that Hardy would have been very familiar with; he was born in Dorset and lived in the county for most of his life. He featured its places and landscapes in his works, depicting them as being in the fictional county of ‘Wessex’. Dorchester (which became Casterbridge in his novel) is not far away. On this Book Club Weekend you’ll join like-minded book lovers to discuss some of Hardy’s works, visit some of the places associated with him and walk paths he would have trodden in the countryside.

Holiday Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Hardy's Dorset
  • Discuss your favourite works with fellow enthusiasts
  • Enjoy views over Lulworth Cove from our homely house

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Knowledgeable HF Holidays Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


This weekend break will focus on delving into the works of Thomas Hardy. Our group leader will facilitate discussions about the themes that Hardy focused on in his novels and provide thought-provoking insight. There will be the chance to set foot in ‘Hardy Country’ and visit some of the places featured in his novels. There will be free time where you might want to take the opportunity to stroll along the coast; the famous rock arch of Durdle Door is not far away (although involves a steep climb!). We're working on our itinerary and reading list; more details will be published soon.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


West Lulworth House

Set just 200 yards from the sea, West Lulworth House has a highly coveted location just above the lake-still expanse of Lulworth Cove on Dorset’s iconic Jurassic Coast. Built in 1881 by the then Mayor of Weymouth, it has been perennially popular with walkers, twitchers and fossil hunters. As well as 22 delightful bedrooms, there’s a south facing garden and elevated terrace with cracking views, an outdoor heated pool and a pair of lovely lounges, perfect for a relaxing walking holiday exploring the Jurassic Coast. Step out the front door and on to the coast path. To the west lies Middle Beach and the picture perfect Durdle Door, with its massive rock arch and gently sloping beach. East lie the beaches of Mupe Bay and Arish Mell. But you’re here for the walking and what adventure you’ll have on the coast path or exploring the interior. Then there’s Lulworth Castle and the famous ruins of Corfe Castle standing guard over the Purbeck Hills to explore.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the adjoining cottage. With 22 bedrooms, West Lulworth House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: each room has an airy feel and the same cosy style. Opt though for Room 4 on the first floor of the main house for its weathered, pastel-painted wood panels and the lovely view looking over the cove, or squirrel yourself away in Room 23 in the cottage to the side of the main house for a large room with more sumptuous views to soak up.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the Dorset Coast or hunting for fossils, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the sunny south facing gardens or take a table on the terrace with matchless views of the cove below. Slip in to the heated outdoor pool then surface in time to retire to the cosy lounge and its squishy sofas and seafaring decorations to read up on the area or the attractive bar with its pretty tiled insets for a sundowner.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at West Lulworth House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to flavours such as Dorset blue Vinney, pork fillet with Purbeck Cider and apple sauce and New Forest wild mushroom tagliatelle. Settle in under the large roof lantern or beside the panoramic double doors to dine in style – if the sun’s out they’ll even throw the doors open to let the outside in.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Bring along your copy of the books we'll be discussing. 

Please be sure to bring any annual museum ticket or membership card if you have one - admissions to museums are not included in the price of your holiday.  The entrance fee will be approximately £8-£10.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
25 Sep - 28 Sep
3 Book Club £385 £285 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2021
15 Oct - 18 Oct
3 Book Club £399 £299 Save £100 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
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