Garden

Discover the bower at the end of the wildflower garden © Dave Wood

Discover the bower at the end of the wildflower garden

A hidden gem

The garden at Coleridge Cottage opened to the public in 2011 for the first time in over 100 years, but it was an important retreat and muse for the poet in the 18th century.

We have created a representation of Coleridge's time here, incorporating key elements of the poet's life and work by featuring an orchard, bower and wildflowers.

Lime tree bower

Relax with a good book in the lime tree bower

Take a seat in our bower, handmade using wood from the nearby Quantock Hills, and enjoy the tranquillity of our garden.

Garden Room

The Garden Room at the end of the traditional cottage garden

Recently restored, our Garden Room is a multifunctional space and hosts a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Whispering words

Immerse yourself in our intimate garden with our new audio posts. Listen to Coleridge's poetry in the places that first inspired his creativity.

Wildflower garden

The apple trees represent Coleridge’s orchard © Caroline Taylor

The apple trees represent Coleridge’s orchard

We have planted wildflowers and orchard trees, which will attract bees, butterflies and birds.

Explore the meandering paths through the wildflower garden to the focal point of the lime tree and bower.

Cottage garden

Admire this traditional garden with its many colourful displays © Eleanor Scarfe

Admire this traditional garden with its many colourful displays

Coleridge's writings show that he was an enthusiastic gardener, dreaming of growing food for his family - but his friends commented that he grew more weeds than vegetables.

Here we have recreated an 18th-century style cottage garden, using plants we know that the Coleridges grew.

Willow animals

Meet some of our willow friends © Caroline Taylor

Meet some of our willow friends

Coleridge kept animals in his garden including geese, pigs and ducks. Make sure you don't miss our willow animals hiding amongst the wildflowers.

Well

Look down into the depths of Coleridge’s well © Dave Wood

Look down into the depths of Coleridge’s well

This well supplied the Coleridge family with water for drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning, and it would have been quite a luxury to have one in the backyard. Peer down into the depths of our well, but be careful not to fall in...

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