Located a mile and a half outside of Stratford-upon-Avon in Shottery, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a thatched house nestled in an idyllic cottage garden. The building was the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. She was born there sometime around 1556 and it is assumed she stayed there until her marriage to Shakespeare in 1582. What is now known as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage was not named as such until the turn of the nineteenth century. After the success of the Garrick Jubilee in 1769, hordes of adoring fans descended on Warwickshire to seek out the places associated with Shakespeare’s private life. The Cottage became famous for its romantic connection with Shakespeare and its idealistic appearance.