This traditional Lake District cottage on the edge of Grasmere, with whitewashed walls and slate floors, was not only a busy family home but a place of creativity and imagination.

It was whilst living here from 1799 to 1808 that Wordsworth composed the most famous and best-loved of his poems, and his sister Dorothy wrote her fascinating Grasmere journal.

In this inspiring landscape of lakes and fells, largely unspoilt since Wordsworth’s time, it is easy to understand why he called this valley the ‘calmest, fairest spot of earth’.

We should always remember the fundamental concepts of Romanticism: ideas, feelings and things.
- Jeff Cowton, Curator, the Wordsworth Trust