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Hilfield Manor's grounds.<br />
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A country manor house which once inspired Victorian author Thomas Hardy has gone on the market for £2.35m.<br />
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The writer was friends with the former owners of Hilfield Manor and visited the property over 100 years ago.<br />
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Indeed, there is a photograph of him with his wife Florence stood in the front porch.<br />
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The manor is in the Dorset village of Hermitage, which Hardy called Little Hintock in his novel The Woodlanders.<br />
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The property was built in the late 19th century by the Dampier-Bide family who were descendants of the famous British explorer and privateer William Dampier.