Dove Cottage 

I have driven past Wordsworth’s home Dove Cottage in Grasmere thousands of times. Wordsworth is synonymous with Grasmere. He is probably Britains best loved and famous poet. When you hear the name Wordsworth, what’s the first word which springs to mind? For me it’s Daffodils.

William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth. He was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Coleridge was a regular visitor to Dove Cottage. Before the Wordsworth’s time the house has been an inn called The Dove and Olive Branch and this is where its present name Dove Cottage has come from. 

The house is very modest and I can imagine it was a squeeze with all its residents and visitors. For me, the guided tour and talk really made it. Maddy our tour guide really bought it to life. It was so interesting seeing how they would have lived. The adjacent museum documents his life. 

With your entry you get to return for multiple visits so is incredibly value at £8.00. For me I’m glad I know what lays behind the familiar white building on the roadside.  If you’re in Grasmere, make sure you visit.

Allan Bank

I have been to Allan Bank in Grasmere lots of times. Today’s visit involved spotting a Calvert Trust Herdy called Hethrington and coffee with Chris. 


Another one spotted
Hethrington keeping guard
 For those who don’t know what Allan bank is, it’s a National trust property perched on a hill looking majestically down over Grasmere. 

It was the home of William Wordsworth for a while and whilst condemning it as ugly when it was built, he went on to say “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.


Wordsworth you were so right
 He only lived here for a couple of years as complained the fires smoked too much and fell out with the landlords. The next resident was Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founders of the National Trust. He retired in 1917 to Grasmere, where he had bought Allan Bank in 1915. He died in 1920, leaving Allan Bank to the Trust. 

In March 2011 there was a fire at Allan Bank, the National Trust decided that the house should be restored and open to the public. Which it did in May 2012. Whilst the house has been restored, it has been left shabby. No shrines to its famous dwellers. Each room is themed with a different activity. 

 The view from the study is one you could sit and stare at all day, I wonder how they ever got any work done?!

There’s a dressing up room, the outfits more suited to children boo 😦 but hats fits and Peter rabbit hugs are one size fits all! 

If you find yourself in Grasmere, take the short walk and visit this place. 


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