Posted Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by admin
Step back in time to the 1770s with a visit to William Wordsworth’s childhood home. William Wordsworth’s House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace of the great 19th century English poet William Wordsworth.
Preserved in its original form, the house is a living and breathing time capsule of 19th century rural England. It invites visitors to gaze into a window of what life was like for Wordsworth and his family, in their small cottage home.
The beautiful Georgian home is these days populated by waves of tourists, being shown around the building by guides in authentic period costumes.
Further to the historic touches, the house includes a real log fire, traditional furniture and even the sorts of food William and his wife would have consumed, laid out on a large oak dining table. Ink and quills are laid out in the reception area, should you be inspired to write your own legendary prose and poems. There are parlour games and instruments from Wordsworth’s time, for you to inspect and also try.
Good news if you are coming with kids, the children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes and in the Wordsworth’s bedroom there are books and games to enjoy. For all you fans of the occult, there is even a ghost that haunts the cellar if legend proves to be true.
A man so renowned for his love of nature would understandably have kept a spotless and beautiful garden, two centuries later in the yard out yonder nothing much has changed.
A visit to Wordsworth’s home is well worth it, it’s a great day trip to venture out on, during your stay with us here at Beech Hill. For more information visit the National Trust Website.
Posted Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by admin
The Lake District is steeped in myths and legends. Its hallowed grounds are littered with notorious characters.
The Caveman of Borrowdale
Millican Dalton, known as the Caveman of Borrowdale, was originally a London stockbroker but traded in his life in the Big Smoke for a quieter rural existence. When he first arrived in the Lake District in the early 20th century, he lived off the land, dwelling in a small tent. He later moved to a more permanent address inside a cave near Castle Crag in Borrowdale. He became one of the area’s most well-known mountain guides, until he passed away at the age of 79.
Fair Maid of Buttermere
Known to some as Mary Robinson, the Fair Maid of Buttermere was in fact the innkeeper’s daughter at The Fish Hotel in Buttermere. Joseph Palmer famously wrote a poem about her that brought hoards of young men to the area, seeking to catch a glimpse of the notorious beauty. She was even mentioned in Wordsworth’s poem “The Prelude”.
A few years later, a hotel guest introduced himself to Mary as Colonel Alexander Hope, an MP and brother to an Earl. They married later that year. Mary’s husband turned out to a debt-riddled bigamist liar and he was promptly charged with fraud. His punishment was a public execution.
St Bega was the daughter of a seventh century Irish chieftain. She fled Ireland to avoid marrying a Norse prince chosen by her father, as she had her heart set on devoting her life to God. Legend is that when she landed on these shores, she brought with her a healing bracelet that could cure a multitude of diseases.
A small church lying in a beautiful position on the edge of the Mirehouse estate by Bassenthwaite Lake is named after St Bega.
Posted Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by admin
This beautiful place can inspire even the most cynical of hearts. Even the place names are romantic, for example there is Darling Fell, near Loweswater, Dovenest Crag, Borrowdale and Hartsop, near Brotherswater, to name but a few. There are no shortages of idyllic little spots and trails along which to traipse and fall in love, all over again.
Take a stroll along the shores of Ennerdale Water. There is something in the air around these parts, it’s also famously the place where Bill Clinton popped the question to Hillary. Who knows, maybe you’ll be making a few proposals of your own, in that exact same spot. Other beautiful walking spots include, High Sweden Bridge above Ambleside, Haystacks fell, above Buttermere and the majestic views from Ashness bridge overlooking Derwentwater.
The village of Boot in the Eskdale Valley, is simply stunning and a perfect beauty spot for a casual stroll. It is one of the more difficult areas of the Lake District to get to, so a car is a requirement. Driving to Boot, allows you to admire the dramatic peaks, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and take photos of the amazing views.
The tiny village of Boot is surrounded by mountains, giving it an almost high-altitude feel. The air is alpine fresh and incredibly invigorating. The quaint hamlet, still manages to have two pubs so you won’t be short of beverage choices, should you want to go inside somewhere and have a breather.
With the sun shining and the horizon extending towards the sea and imposing mountains at every turn, your troubles will melt away as you drink in one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations on the British isles.
What are you waiting for? Spend Valentines day in Britain’s most romantic surroundings.
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