Rydal Mount & Gardens
Cumbria LA22 9LU
Rydal Mount became William Wordsworth’s family home in 1813. His growing family and the number of visitors he received forced him to move out of Dove Cottage in Grasmere into a series of larger homes.
Rydal Mount is situated on a hillside between Ambleside and Grasmere in the heart of the Lake District. It has magnificent views over Rydal Water and Windermere and a lovely 4-acre garden.
Wordsworth's Writing Hut
William designed the layout of the gardens at Rydal himself. He preferred the outdoors to his spacious office/writing room in the house and often referred to his garden as his ‘office’. He designed a special ‘Writing Hut’ to which he could escape, tucked away on the hillside well away from the house. It was really nothing more than a bench with a small roof to shelter him from the rain but he could sit there writing while gazing out over the two nearby lakes.
Wordsworth believed that true happiness lay in living in harmony with ones surroundings and much of his poetry describes the ever-changing beauty of the Lake District. Whatever the season, the gardens and woods at Rydal are the physical embodiment of so many of his poems.
In spring the visitor can see:
“…A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze…”
Rydal Mount was Wordsworth’s favourite home and where he was made Poet Laureate. He lived there for 46 years until his death in 1850 from a complication of pleurisy. He is buried in the churchyard of St Oswald’s in Grasmere.
Wordsworth always rented the property but his great great grand daughter acquired it in 1969. It has remained in the ownership of the Wordsworth family ever since, and has been open to the public since 1970.
The house still retains its family home atmosphere complete with personal possessions, family portraits and first editions of the poet’s work. As well as the Tudor dining room and the 18th century drawing room and library, the upstairs family bedrooms and William’s attic study are open to view.
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The garden consists of fell-side terraces, including Dora's Terrace, rock pools and an ancient mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display of colour.
Tearoom & Souvenir Shop: Closed during winter - located in what was originally the saddlery with the coach house below.
Wordsworth converted this area during his time at Rydal Mount, into a schoolroom for his daughter Dora where his sister Dorothy gave her niece private lessons.
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