Coleridge Cottage, home to the Romantic Poet
Coleridge Cottage is in Nether Stowey to the east of the Quantock Hills, just off the A39.
This 17thC cottage was the home of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge for three years, from 1797. The National Trust redeveloped the cottage in 2011 so that you can explore the rooms which are recreated to how they probably were in Coleridge’s time.
Coleridge wrote some of his finest works while he lived here. These include The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, Cristabel and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison. Wordsworth also visited Coleridge and was inspired by the Quantocks and Exmoor. They both enjoyed long walks around the area.
The Coleridge Way was created to pass through the villages they would have visited. This walk now goes from the cottage in Nether Stowey across the Quantock Hills to the Brendon Hills and on over Exmoor to Porlock and on to Lynmouth. It is a 51 miles linear walk will normally take 6 days to walk. A circular route can be created by returning along the South West Coast Path and West Somerset Coast Path to Kilve and back inland to Nether Stowey.
The Coleridge Way also has a similar route for horse riders. Starting at Nether Stowey it goes to Monksilver, on to Luxborough and finishes in the horse-centre of Exmoor at Exford. See the website for further details at www.coleridgeway.co.uk.