Dove Cottage

This whitewashed cottage near Grasmere was William Wordsworth’s first home in the Lake District. He arrived in 1799, and remained here for the next nine years with his wife Dora, sister Dorothy and three small children. Now owned by the Wordsworth Trust, the cottage is full of memorabilia, including the poet’s ice-skates, his passport, a pair of his reading glasses and a portrait of one of his favourite dog, Pepper, given to him as a present by Sir Walter Scott. At the back of the cottage is Wordsworth’s "domestic slip of mountain", the half-wild garden where he liked to sit and compose poetry.

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