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The birthplace of the Romantic Movement

This part of Somerset boasts some very close connections with the Romantic Movement particularly the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.


Coleridge lived in the area between 1797 and 1800 and it was here in a pretty, pink cottage in the village of Nether Stowey near Bridgwater he penned his best-known works.


They include 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 Bridgwater's Unitarian Chapel and together with his great friend and fellow poet Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, they founded the Romantic Movement.


Coleridge's cottage in Nether Stowey 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, was fully restored in 2012, and has a caf'e open from March to November.


For those of a more energetic nature 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 vistas that inspired his most famous odes.


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 (insert link to contact us page).


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