17th-century well restored at Coleridge Cottage

National Trust volunteer Ian Faris, stands next to the newly restored well at Coleridge Cottage (c) National Trust / Dave Wood

Visitors to Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, Somerset, are now able to draw water from the building’s original Georgian well following its restoration. The well, which is 16 metres (over 52 feet) deep, was built in the 1640s at the same time as the cottage. Thanks to the help of visitors who bought raffle tickets to raise money, the well can now be returned to its former use. Continue reading…

BBC poet Ian McMillan to celebrate Coleridge

Coleridge Cottage - Ian Macmillan (c) National Trust - Adrian Mealing

BBC poet Ian McMillan to celebrate Coleridge

Poet and BBC radio presenter, Ian McMillan, will be hosting an entertaining evening celebrating the work of British Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on Monday 27 June.

Ian McMillan, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s ‘The Verb’, will give a talk as part of ‘Writing Places.’ The audience will be welcome to join Ian for the evening and put questions to him at the event being held in the village of Nether Stowey in Somerset, home to the National Trust’s award winning Coleridge Cottage.

Ian McMillan's welcome to his Bewdley Festival performance! (c) National Trust / Ruth Bourne

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SW region star in tourism awards

Dickon Allen (right) receives the award from Travel writer Sally Shalam, with Andy Yeatman, from category sponsors, the Met Office looking on © South West Tourism Awards / Nick Williams

Dickon Allen (right) receives the award from Travel writer Sally Shalam, with Andy Yeatman, from category sponsors, the Met Office looking on © South West Tourism Awards / Nick Williams

The National Trust in the South West has had a winning night at the SW Tourism for Excellence Awards, coming away with two golds, two silver and a bronze award. Continue reading…

Coleridge Cottage named one of top museums in the world

The National Trust’s Coleridge Cottage has been recognised as one of the top 50 museums in the world.

Coleridge (c) National Trust/Dave Wood

On Saturday 11 May, The Times printed its list of the world’s 50 best museums, and Coleridge Cottage was proudly ranked 40th in this collection. The list featured the likes of the British Museum and John Soan’s museum, as well as other institutions in Berlin, New York and Beijing to name a few.

Renowned author Richard Holmes highlighted Coleridge Cottage as his favourite, describing is as a ‘tiny but intensely atmospheric writer’s museum… one of England’s hidden gems’.

Holmes goes on to describe the vivid scene described in Coleridge’s poem Frost at Midnight, which has been recreated in the parlour complete with the ‘thin blue flame… on my low burnt fire’. He also writes about ‘the enchanting garden’ where visitors can listen to Coleridge’s poetry in the places that inspired his creativity, through new audio interpretation to be installed this month.

Caroline Taylor, Assistant House Manage rat Coelridge Cottage said ‘To be acknowledged nationally alongside many of the big players of the heritage world, Coleridge Cottage is certainly making its mark as a little property with big ambitions!’

Coleridge Cottage is in Nether Stowey near Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1NQ.

More information is available on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleridgecottage