After visiting Blaise Castle Estate and climbing Blaise Castle, there was just enough time for a quick visit to the magical Blaise Hamlet. This is a tiny hamlet of nine picture perfect cottages, arranged around a central green.. The houses were designed by John Nash (who also designed Brighton Pavilion, Buckingham Palace, and a whole host of other notable buildings) and built around 1811, as retirement cottages for former workers from the Blaise Castle Estate.
Each one has exquisite and interesting details, such as unusually shaped chimney pots and decorative windows.
Each house is also completely different from any of the others, but they are built in such a complementary style that they blend into a perfectly cohesive, pleasing whole.
In the middle of the green is a sundial, the perfect finishing touch.
Perhaps it was just the time of day that we visited, just as the sun was setting, but the hamlet was incredibly quiet. The only sound was birdsong.
The quietness and the golden light heightened the fairy tale atmosphere even more.
Blaise Hamlet is managed by the National Trust and is inhabited by residents, so if you plan to visit please be considerate of this. You can find out more details about visiting on the National Trust website- https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blaise-hamlet