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’, ‘Christabel’ and ‘This Lime Tree Bower my Prison’. Working with William Wordsworth on their collection of poetry Lyrical Ballads, it was here in the wild west Somerset landscape that the literary movement of Romanticism was born.
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. Following a major redevelopment project in 2011, you can now explore the wildflower garden and rooms of the cottage never previously open to the public, which have been recreated as though Coleridge and his young family had just stepped out of the door…
Facilities and access: Cottage, Tea-room (open March to end of October), Shop and Toilets
Parking – 500 yards in the car park of the Ancient Mariner pub (not National Trust).
Walks – Nether Stowey has recently been awarded ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status, to celebrate the wide range of walks on offer in the area. Walks range from gentle strolls around the picturesque villages, to hikes in the dramatic scenery of the Quantock Hills. The Coleridge Way is a 51 mile walk starting here at the cottage and ending in the Valley of the Rocks on Exmoor, through the landscape that inspired Coleridge’s poetry.