If you love literature and would like to visit famous writers’ and poets’ homes, you can do that in the Lake District. If you’re looking for accommodation while you’re exploring the former homes of literary heroes, then the Lake District Hotels are a great choice that you’ll surely enjoy and want to return to.
Get closer to many well-known favourites of yours while taking in the breathtaking views this beautiful area has to offer. Below are some of the homes you can visit and what you can do while you’re there.
Rydal Mount was poet William Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until 1850 when he died at 80. His sister Dorothy, the Grasmere journals author, lived there, as well, from birth until her death in 1855.
Wordsworth’s direct descendants own the house now. The place has several of Wordsworth’s personal belongings. They all offer this unique perspective on the poet as a family man. You can get a sense of who he was towards the end of his life by looking at them.
- Gardens: they offer an insight into the poet’s passion for gardening.
- Tearoom: you can enjoy a rich selection of homemade cakes and drinks there.
- Guided Tours: you can pre-book exclusive tours of both the house and the gardens.
- Exclusive Meals: these will be held in Wordsworth’s dining room. They’ll be prepared by a Michelin chef with locally sourced produce. You’ll need to book them privately
- Dogs: man’s best friend is allowed.
Image via Visit Cumbria website
Cumbria’s award-winning cultural attraction shows the life of both William and Dorothy Wordsworth, their letters, journals, and manuscripts through the exact place the two wrote everything. Walk into a period of simplicity to experience how people lived two hundred years ago in Dove Cottage.
- Dove Cottage: take in all of the sights, sounds, and smells from both inside and surrounding the family home of William and Dorothy
- Museum: have a look at William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s collection of letters, manuscripts, and objects and the story they tell.
- Viewing Platform: enjoy panoramic views of Grasmere Vale.
- Café: dogs are more than welcome there.
Brantwood: John Ruskin’s home
Image via Brantwood website
You need to visit Brantwood. John Ruskin’s home is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the entire country. This place is a historic house and a vibrant art centre. It’s also a retreat for the mind. Relax and unwind while taking in the breathtaking scenery and art. Beautiful furniture and fine paintings describe the house perfectly. Enjoy hundreds of acres of gardens and woodland, as well as mountain views when you go there.
- Timed tickets: enjoy self-guided house tours.
- Gardens: explore eight beautifully designed gardens, natural meadows, and woodland.
- Terrace Café: have some food at Brantwood. It’s all made with fresh ingredients.
- The Treasury: pay a visit and fall in love with the splendid crystals and minerals.
- Severn Gallery: discover some contemporary art exhibitions.
- Come and stay: here you can do more than just visit. You can stay in The Coachman’s Quarters, The Lodge, or The Eyrie.
- Dogs: they’re all welcome, but only on a lead.
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