Travelogue | January 2022 | Alex Johnson

Wordsworth Slept Here – And You Can, Too!

Credit: Rydal Mount

Enthusiasts of the works of Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770–1850) will soon have the opportunity of settling down for the night in his home.
The Wordsworth Experience package is a new collaboration between sixteenth-century Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s final home in Northern England’s Lake District, and Rydal Lodge Bed and Breakfast. It means visitors can stay overnight in the former poet laureate’s bedroom which he shared with his wife Mary. (Members of the public can also visit the bedrooms of his sister Dorothy and daughter Dora). In the morning, they can then enjoy a picturesque three-minute stroll to Rydal Lodge for breakfast.

The idea is the brainchild of Wordsworth’s great-great-great-great-grandson Christopher Wordsworth Andrew, who said, “This house is very much a home, and we have been looking at different ways to open it up to visitors. We are sure that guests will be thrilled to stay here.”

Rydal Mount is still owned by the Wordsworth family and contains a wide selection of William’s possessions. Its new curator, Leo Finighan, is in the process of cataloguing the house’s collection, including the library of 400 books plus memorabilia owned by the poet.

Information about booking will be released later this year.