NETHER STOWEY, SOMERSET
This 17th-century cottage was home to Coleridge for three years, from 1797. It was during his time here in Somerset that Coleridge wrote his finest works, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, Christabel and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison. Both Coleridge and Wordsworth are seen as crucial in the development of the literary Romantic Movement. Coleridge Cottage has a rich and fascinating history, from a humble Georgian home to its transformation into Moore’s Coleridge Cottage Inn during the Victorian era. As a result of a major redevelopment project in 2011, you can now explore parts of the cottage never previously open to the public, and explore atmospheric cottage rooms which have been recreated as though the Coleridges were still in residence. Photo credit: Dave Wood.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Unsuitable for wheelchairs, steps to entrance. Full access guide available on Coleridge Cottage website
- Facilities: Hand rail for semi-ambulant visitors, Braille & large print guides, information folio available for visitors unable to access all of the property
- Opening Times: Open 3 Mar-28 Oct 11-5. Also open 1st 3 wknds in Dec 2017 11-4
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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