First of all, it’s important to understand that the information I’m about to share comes by way of a real estate agent (or rather, an estate agent, since our tale is set in the UK). That being the case, every aspect should be scrutinized for grains of truth. With all that out of the way, the rest is kind of fun.
An ad in Easier Property for a cottage “deep in the Berkshire Downs” mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure offers said cottage up for £645,000. That sounds like a small enough price to pay for a piece of literary history complete with mod cons.
Easier Property lets us know that Jude the Obscure was “the last novel written by famous West Country writer Thomas Hardy with Jude, its central character, a stonemason desperate to improve himself.”
The world was so scandalized by the themes of Hardy’s novel that he never wrote another book, turning instead to verse and poetry. But while the outcome may not have been ideal for Hardy, anyone looking at Jude Cottage will find it an idyllic place.
If you’re ready to pack your bags and move to Jude Cottage, you’ll find the item here.