Actually I wasn't lonely, my husband and I visited Rydal Mount during our recent trip to the Lake District, on a previous visit we had seen Dove Cottage, home of William Wordsworth, so decided on a whim to visit this other home of his and his family, and I was so pleased that we did, Rydal Mount is a lovely place to visit. The house itself is very interesting, it has a peaceful, gentle ambience about it, it is set in a beautiful setting, overlooking Rydal Water. The drawing room in particular is beautiful, full of Wordsworth memorabilia, but still retaining a 'family' feel to it, in fact I could imagine sitting in that room on a sunny summer day looking down over the beautifully landscaped garden to Rydal Water while sipping a glass of something! To be honest I didn't really know much about Wordsworth, other than the daffodil poem and walking around this house seeing and reading of his life I learned a lot. As I said the gardens are beautiful and while we were walking around them we saw wild deer in the field next to the garden, there was an abundance of daffodils everywhere, as you would expect! The guides in the house were friendly, but not intrusive, they were there if you needed to ask anything but left you alone to go around at your own pace. After seeing the house and gardens you really must treat yourself to a drink and a cake in the coffee shop, reasonably priced and scrumptious cakes to be had, and the saleslady was friendly and chatty. All in all a very well spent afternoon, I highly recommend a visit I'm sure you won't regret it.
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