Rydal Mount

:  Rydal Village

Rydal Mount, in the heart of the Lake District , commands glorious views of Lake Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. It was the home of William Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850.

 

image of the exterior of Rydal Mount, once william wordsworth's home in the Lake District

The house, which now belongs to the descendants of the poet, retains a lived in family atmosphere, and has changed little since Wordsworth and his family came to live here. They rented the house from Lady le Fleming, of nearby Rydal Hall.

 

image of a rare manuscript on a window ledge at Rydal Hall in the Lake District

Also to be seen are the family bedrooms of William and Mary, Dorothy, and Dora, 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.

 

The dining room, part of the old Tudor cottage whose records go back to 1574, contrasts pleasingly with the larger proportions of the drawing room and library, added in 1750.

 

image of the garden designed by William Wordsworth at Rydal Hall in the Lake District

Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener, and the four acre garden remains much as he designed it. It consists of rare shrubs, fell-side terraces, lawns, rock pools and an ancient mound. The mound dates from the 9th Century, when it was used as a site for a Beacon Fire to warn of coming Border Raiders.

 

In season the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display of colour. A leaflet is available describing a walk round the garden, and highlighting 26 plants and trees of interest. From the summerhouse is a stunning view over Rydal Water.

 

image of Rydal Water, from the summerhouse at Rydal Mount in the Lake District

After his daughter Dora died in 1847, William went down to a small field between the house and the main road, and together with his wife, sister and gardener, planted hundreds of daffodils as a memorial to Dora. Dora’s Field now belongs to the National Trust.

 

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Grid Ref : NY 367064

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