Cottage is situated
and is owned by the Wordsworth Trust and as been kept
as it was during Wordsworth time. Next to the house
is a barn which as been converted into a museum telling
the story of the poet and his circle, their life and
their work. You can also purchase from the shop and
eat in the restaurant opposite the house.
In December 1799 William
Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy moved to a small
cottage at Town End [Dove Cottage], Grasmere and lived
here for eight  years. The Wordsworth never knew
it as Dove Cottage. Their address was simply was known
as Town End. The cottage was at some stage previously
been an inn called The Dove and Olive Branch and this
is where its present name Dove Cottage has come from.
It was here that he produced some of his best works
and also Dorothy wrote her Grasmere Journal [1800-1803]
but also acted as his secretary and beloved companion.
1802 when William got married he brought his wife Mary
to live here and three  of his children were born
here, Dorothy continued to live in the same dwelling.
When Mary was expecting their fourth child, the cottage
was becoming too small, they then moved first to Allan
Bank and the Vicarage in Grasmere [both are privately
owned] before moving to his last home at Rydal
Near the cottage is the former schoolroom where he taught,
and Wordsworth, his wife and sister and other members
of the family are buried in the churchyard.
It is advisable to
contact Dove Cottage prior to your visit if there is
something specific you wish to see or any alterations
have been made to the Opening times and the attraction
Further information and details on opening
times, costs and facilities please contact or
visit their website.