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35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, TA5 1NQ
Historic home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Somerset near BridgwaterAs in the poets’ day, there is still wilderness, heathland and a rocky shoreline where you can lose yourself in thought. The mix of heath on the top is a characteristic of the Quantocks and includes heather, whortleberry, gorse, bracken and wavy-haired grass. There is woodland too, once prized as a source of timber for ship building and now by walkers for its tranquillity. The oaks here are Sessile with acorns that grow directly on the branch and twisted trunks.
Home of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
From the National Trust owned Coleridge Cottage in the charming village of Nether Stowey you can walk in the footsteps of the poet along the Coleridge Way as far as Lynmouth on Exmoor with a small diversion to visit the hilly mound which is all that remains of the Norman Stowey Castle.
One is the highest spots in Somerset is Wills Neck from where you can see Exmoor, the Mendips, Blackdowns and across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Look out for wild ponies. Below the summit lie steep wooded valleys with streams at the bottom, full of birdsong and villages with manor houses and fine churches.
The 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, Cristabel 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 Coleridge family had just walked out.
Please note the cottage is unsuitable for wheelchairs due to small rooms and narrow corridors.
Educational Visits Accepted
Guide dogs permitted
Guided Tours Available for Groups
Tea / Coffee Shop
Coleridge Cottage, National Trust
35 Lime StreetNether StoweyBridgwaterTA5 1NQUnited Kingdom
T: 01278 732662
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