Drink in the colours of autumn at Wordsworth House

A woman in Georgian costume picking apples

The award-winning riverside garden that sparked Wordsworth’s love of nature and helped turn him into one of the world’s favourite poets is filled with autumnal hues.

Head gardener Amanda Thackeray said: “There’s a real change to the atmosphere at this time of year – leaves are starting to turn and the air has a fresher feel.

“We’ve had one of the best crops of apples in years, and they look so attractive hanging from the trees in their cloaks of red and green.

“We also have a mass of yellow cone flowers. They’re part of the sunflower family and they bring a cheerful warmth to the garden as the days are getting shorter. The asters are in full bloom too. Their wonderful daisy flowers come in a beautiful range of colours, from soft mauves and whites to vivid purples and pinks.”

William's childhood garden is full of autumn colour
Colour flowers in a walled garden

Amanda continued: “An absolute favourite of mine at this time of year and a joy to behold when many other plants are dying back or turning brown is the stunning Kniphofia rooperi, or red-hot poker, with its spires of vibrant orange and yellow. It starts flowering in September and carries on into November.”

Amanda and her team were awarded the Cumbria in Bloom Chairman’s Rose Bowl for 2016 and the house and garden were finalists for Cumbria Tourism Visitor Attraction of the Year 2017.

See for yourself

If you’d like to see for yourself why the judges were so impressed – and meet our mini flock of Orpington and Silkie chickens – you can explore and enjoy the tranquillity at your own pace any day from Saturday to Thursday until the end of October.

Then why not head up to the café for a slice of pie made with some of those glorious apples or a warming bowl of soup?

Wordsworth House has a mini flock of Orpington and Silkie hens
A group of chickens in an enclosure