Read Maria’s feature on the Dorset landscape of Far From the Madding Crowd in the June issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine, on sale May 8.
Filmed and edited by Owen Davis at Lagosta
Maria stayed in the charming cottage Swallows in rolling farmland of Hampton, Dorset, where she mades friends with her horsey neighbours Boat and Del Boy, who kindly agreed to appear in the film. They could only make a brief cameo before returning to some important grazing.
A week’s stay in Swallows for up to four people starts from £475 and a short break starts from £325. To book, go to www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01305 880077.