Clouds Hill

The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence

'I've a hut in a wood near camp wherein I spend my spare evenings' - the words of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, about Clouds Hill.

This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition.

Please note: Because the cottage is much as Lawrence left it, there is no electric light and we keep light levels low to protect the original contents. This adds to the authentic experience at the cottage, but some visitors may wish to time their visit to take advantage of the longer, lighter days of summer.

Clouds Hill is closes for the winter months. This allows the National Trust to do vital maintenance work. It will reopen as usual in March.

Photo © National Trust Images/Dennis Gilbert.


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Clouds Hill is approximately 45 minutes from Bournemouth.


  • King George V Road, Bovington
  • Wareham
  • Dorset
  • BH20 7NQ