Rydal Mount & Gardens
Ambleside, Central Lakes

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Rydal Mount is the site of the historic home of poet William Wordsworth. The stunning house and its gardens are well worth as visit. The views from the house are spectacular and the beautifully manicured gardens are a sight to behold.

Rydal Mount, in the heart of the Lake District, lies between Ambleside and Grasmere and commands glorious views of Lake Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells.

This was Wordsworth's best-loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. It was here that he wrote many of his poems, revised and improved much of his earlier works and published the final version of his most famous poem 'Daffodils'.

The house, which now belongs to descendants of Wordsworth, retains a lived-in, family atmosphere. The dining room, part of the old Tudor cottage, with its original flagged floor and oak beams, contrasts pleasingly with the larger proportions of the drawing room and library, added in 1750.

Also to be seen are the family bedrooms and Wordsworth's attic study which he used when he was Poet Laureate. The house contains portraits, personal possessions and first editions of the poet's work.

Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four-acre garden remains very much as he designed it.

It 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.

 

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Rydal Mount & Gardens
Rydal
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9LU
015394 33002
015394 31738
 

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