History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Clouds Hill was built around 1808 as an estate forester's cottage. When Lawrence purchased it in 1923 it was in poor condition, but he was able to fix it up to his admittedly austere specifications.
The cottage is extremely small, consisting of only four rooms; downstairs there is a bedroom and pantry/kitchen, and upstairs is a 'guest bedroom' and a sitting room. A few steps from the door is a small shed that Lawrence built to house his beloved Brough Superior motorcycle, on which he was killed in a road accident within walking distance of Clouds Hill.
The cottage is essentially as he left it when he died, including the very unusual aluminium foil wall surfacing in the upstairs guest room, called the 'Bunk Room'. The cottage was given to the National Trust in 1938 by Lawrence's brother Arnold, to act as a memorial.
The Lawrence of Arabia Walking Trail links Lawrence's cottage at Clouds Hill with his burial place at Moreton, Bovington village and the Tank Museum there. The trail stretches for almost 7 miles but can be taken in smaller sections, and walk leaflets are available at Clouds Hill. While you are in the area, take the time to visit Lawrence's grave in Moreton, and the striking Georgian church there, which has a collection of stunning etched glass windows.
About Clouds Hill
Address: King George V Road, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset, England, BH20 7NQ
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: 9 miles east of Dorchester
Website: Clouds Hill
Phone: 01929 405 616
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SY824 910
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Moreton, St Nicholas Church - 1.5 miles (Historic Church)
Tank Museum - 1.6 miles (Museum)
Bere Regis, St John's Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church)
Tolpuddle, St John's Church - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum - 3.4 miles (Museum)
Athelhampton House - 3.8 miles (Historic House)
Mill House Cider Museum - 4.2 miles (Museum)
Clock Collection - 4.2 miles (Museum)
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