Drink in the shades of summer at Wordsworth House

A man photographing roses and two women talk in a garden

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 glorious colours and scents.

Visitors can ‘wander lonely as a cloud’ among centuries-old varieties of flowers and herbs, then stroll along the terrace, where William and his sister Dorothy loved to play, and listen to the Derwent, his ‘fairest of all rivers’ gurgling by.

A riot of colour

Head gardener Amanda Thackeray said: ‘Geraniums are a real highlight at this time of year. Two of my favourites are Geranium Patricia, with its bright magenta flowers, and the subtler deep blue Geranium Brookside.

‘The riot of pink, white and red blossoms of our old-fashioned roses is also a sight to behold and the fragrance wafting from them is sublime – almost heady on hot days. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the subtler sweet scent of the beautiful and delicate white flowering Valeriana officinalis (the true valerian) too.’

Relaxing among the heritage roses in Wordsworth House garden
A woman reading among the roses in Wordsworth House garden
Relaxing among the heritage roses in Wordsworth House garden

She continued: ‘We grow the showy Centranthus ruber – known to many as red valerian – as well. It has a splash of reddish pink blooms that, although seen almost as a weed by many gardeners, is a real favourite with me, as it seems to flower for ever.’

Perchcrow Fletch, who is too friendly to scare birds, presides over Wordsworth House garden
A scarecrow in a garden
Perchcrow Fletch, who is too friendly to scare birds, presides over Wordsworth House garden

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.

Time to explore

Why not pay us a visit and find out why the judges were so impressed? You can explore and enjoy the tranquillity between 11am and 5pm (last entry 4pm) any day from Saturday to Thursday until the end of October.

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