When it comes to describing this mythical, magical land of Wessex where we are lucky enough to be situated, there is no better exponent than Thomas Hardy. His novels, set in 19th century Dorset have come to define the area, and thanks to the slow pace of life hereabouts, it is easy to imagine when you visit that nothing has changed.
The beauty and majesty of the Dorset countryside certainly hasn’t. And that’s why sourcing locations for the 2015 film version of Hardy’s first published novel, Far From The Madding Crowd, was not difficult. In the novel, in which Hardy resurrected the old Saxon name of Wessex, the main action takes place in the village of Weatherbury. He is thought to have based this fictional place on the quaintly-named Dorset village of Puddletown. The other town mentioned is Casterbridge, based on Dorset’s County town of Dorchester, made famous in its own right by another of Hardy’s novels, The Mayor of Casterbridge.
Modern day locations for the latest of four film versions of the novel to be made used Dorchester as a location, but other scenes were shot in the Dorset towns and villages of Mapperton, Beaminster, Sherborne, West Bay, Durdle Door and Eype.
If you haven’t read the book, the story centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a strong, independent woman who attracts three very different suitors; the dependable Gabriel Oak, prosperous and mature William Bolderwood and a reckless sergeant, William Troy. The novel sets the story of romantic entanglement against the background of the rural life so beloved of Hardy.
Here in Ansty, we are lucky enough to be situated in the heart of all the locations mentioned in the book and the film, both literally and imaginatively. In fact, his cottage (pictured) is to be found just a few miles down the road from us at The Fox!
Come and see Far From The Madding Crowd’s locations for yourself and immerse yourself in the beating heart of Hardy country. The peaceful charm of the area will draw you in as the novels do and will make for a wonderful, relaxing stay.
The team from the Fox Inn Ansty.
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The Fox Inn, Ansty, Dorchester, Dorset
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Our Usual Opening Hours:
Hotel: Check-in - 3.00pm Check-out: 10.00am
Monday to Saturday: 12.00am - 11.00pm
Sunday: 12.00am - 11.00pm
Carvery: Sundays - 12.00pm until 3.00pm
Afternoon Teas: Mon to Fri 3 to 6pm, Sun 4 to 6pm
Food Served: 12 to 2.30pm and 6 to 9pm
Breakfasts are served each morning from 8.00am to 9.30am. We will cater for non-residents.