The birthplace of William Shakespeare's wife Anne, Hathaway's Cottage is in the hamlet of Shottery, a mile west of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. While widely referred to as a cottage, the structure is actually an Elizabethan farmhouse containing 12 rooms. In Shakespeare's day the cottage was known as Newlands Farm, with over 90 acres of land on the edge of the Arden Forest. With its thatched roof, timbered and bricked walls and lattice windows, the house has changed very little since Anne Hathaway's time. Parts of the building date back to 1463. Many 16th-century fireplaces remain, along with an Elizabethan carved oak bedstead, with a mattress of rush cords threaded onto a wooden frame. It is believed to be the bed on which Anne Hathaway was born.
The cottage belonged to the Hathaway family until 1892, when The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust bought it, along with its furnishings. The Trust restored the cottage to its original character. A wooden settle next to the original open hearth fireplace is believed to be the bench on which William Shakespeare courted Anne Hathaway. They married in 1582.
Footpaths from Stratford to Shottery echo the route that Shakespeare must have walked on his way to visit Anne. The cottage has retained its old-fashioned English cottage garden with perfumed flowers and herbs, as well as an adjacent orchard.