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Home of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
A double award-winning cottage
We're delighted to have had the privilege of winning not one, but two tourism awards in 2014. In January we won Gold in the small visitor attraction category at the South West Tourism Excellence awards, and in May we bought home Silver at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence for best small visitor attraction.
The birth of a poem
Listen to James Grasby, Curator for the National Trust, set the scene for Frost at Midnight. Coleridge wrote this, one of his best loved poems, at his cottage in Somerset.
- Get to grips with the life and times of Coleridge - literally, with hands-on interpretation
- Immerse yourself in our intimate garden
- Indulge in a tasty treat in the tea-room
- Try your hand at writing with a quill
- Enjoy breathtaking scenery on the nearby Quantock Hills and explore the Coleridge Way