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“"I wandered lonely as a cloud"”

Rydal Mount & Gardens
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Rydal
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Owner description: Rydal Mount, the last family home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850, now belongs to the direct descendants of the Poet and remains a lived-in family home. 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. The house contains works of art, furniture, manuscripts and many of the Poet's books and personal possessions, reflecting his life here. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it, consisting of fell-side terraces, lawns, rock pools and a 9th century Norse mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display.
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“"I wandered lonely as a cloud"”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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Llangollen, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Perfect break spot”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Second visit in second recent trip to Lake District. Quiet, quaint and quality. Home-made soup highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Calm oasis with a lovely lived in feel”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We called late one afternoon in March after having been round Dove Cottage and were immediately bowled over by the peace and quiet we found here. Its may sound strange but there really is a lovely restful feel to this house with its eclectic mix of furniture and myriad of Wordsworth memorabilia.

Admittedly we did have the place to ourselves and thus had the undivided attention of the lovely couple who run the place on behalf of the Wordsworth family (who apparently stil use part of the house sometimes), but even when others did arrive it didnt detract from the atmosphere.

Unfortunately the gardens in early March were not exactly looking at their best and the coffee shop was closed but even so we still spent a pleasant half hour walking around the gardens taking in the lovely views and landscaping. Apparently if you come in the spring there is a whole field full of daffodils to further enchant you, but unfortunately with the cold weather this year we were too early!

Car parking is right outside but is limited - when you turn off the road the car park is right at the very top of the hill. I certainly felt that the pricing for this attraction was reasonable at just under £7 per adult and would recommend it.

Visited March 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“A welcome cuppa!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Perfectly placed mid walk, this offers a lovely cup of tea and great coffee (lattes are best) and hot chocolates also divine. Good range of cakes, all very tasty; they even have loyalty cards!

Visited March 2013
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Middlebury, Vermont
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“A must for those who are interested in Wordsworth”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Despite weather conditions that have kept spring behind schedule, the house and gardens are a good value, providing welcome respite from the flood of hikers and school holiday travelers that flood the region.

A self guided tour is enhanced by excellent signage and an abundance of memorabilia related to Wordsworth.

Visited April 2013
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