Wander lonely as a cloud in the Lake District and discover Dove Cottage, the home in which William Wordsworth wrote many of his finest works.
The cottage, in Grasmere, was Wordsworth’s first home in the Lake District and the great poet resided there for nine years, from 1799 to 1808, with his sister, and the author of the Grasmere Journal, Dorothy.
During his tenure in the cottage, Wordsworth composed some of the finest passages of poetry in the English language, including the aforementioned cloud-related ode (often mistakenly referred to as Daffodils), My Heart Leaps Up and parts of the Prelude. He also entertained the other two members of ‘the Lake Poets’ triumvirate, Robert Southey and the opium-addled Samuel Taylor Coleridge, at the cottage.
Two centuries later, Dove Cottage is one of the Lakes’ most treasured tourist attractions, attracting around 70,000 visitors per year. Owned and maintained by the Wordsworth Trust since 1891, the house has largely been preserved in the same state since the time of the Wordsworths.
Visitors can also stroll through the cottage’s restful garden and, if they’re that way inclined, try and take some poetic inspiration from nature, just as Will did all those years ago.
Should you be enjoying an extended stay in the Lake District, why not establish a base camp that will allow you to explore Grasmere, Keswick, Ambleside and all the area has to offer? Borrowdale Gates, a 4 star hotel, is well placed and offers guests much in the way of amenities. It isn’t the former house of one of Britain’s most famous poets, but you can’t have everything!