This part of Somerset is very closely linked to the Romantic Movement, particularly the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who we named our award-winning restaurant after.
Coleridge lived in a pretty, pink cottage in the village of Nether Stowey with his wife Sarah between 1797 and 1800. It was here that he penned his best-known works including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, Cristabel and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison.
He also preached in the area and with his great friend and fellow poet, William Wordsworth and Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy, they formed the Romantic Movement.
The Wordsworths lived on the Quantocks at Alfoxton House, which was then owned by the St Albyn family, near the village of Holford, which isn’t too far from us. The pair spent a great deal of time with Coleridge.
Coleridge’s cottage is just a short drive from us and well worth a visit if you’re planning a trip to the heart of Somerset. It is now owned by the National Trust and was fully restored in 2012. It has a café that is open from March to November.
If you’re more energetic, there are many guides and maps available for the area giving details of the poet’s favourite pathways and walks, along with information on the views that inspired his most famous poems.
There’s also the designated Coleridge Way from Nether Stowey through to Lynmouth and the Macmillan Way from Castle Cary across the Quantocks and on to Barnstaple in north Devon.
These are more advanced routes for experienced walkers, but smaller stretches can be tackled by those wishing to get a sense of the area that was responsible for Coleridge’s finest verses.
We offer a base for romantics and walkers alike with our award-winning welcome, luxury accommodation and seasonal food. If you’re planning a visit to the area do get in touch to find out more. You can contact us here.