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 hive of industry

Head gardener Amanda Thackeray said: ‘The garden is buzzing with bumblebees at this time of year. They particularly love the golden marjoram that surrounds two of the central plots. If you stand quietly, you can hear the calming hum as they go about their work. And if you’re really observant, you can spot the different species.

‘Within one of these plots is our remembrance bed, sown with vibrant red field poppies and bright blue cornflowers. A slight breeze can send them wafting to and fro in a gentle wave. It’s a very poignant sight.’

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

Amanda continued: ‘A beautiful pink rose is rampant on the walls at the moment. Visitors ask all the time what it’s called. Unfortunately, although we have sent it off to be identified, nobody knows – so we’ve labelled it Rosa incognita!’

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