Former Wordsworth home Alfoxton House is up for sale

One of the rooms at Alfoxton Park

One of the rooms at Alfoxton Park - Credit: Archant

An 18th century manor house, which played a pivotal part in the history of English poetry, is up for sale

One of the rooms at Alfoxton Park

One of the rooms at Alfoxton Park - Credit: Archant

Alfoxton House at Holford, just outside of Bridgwater, was the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy from July 1797 to June 1798.

The Wordsworths had moved to Somerset to live near their friend, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. While staying in the county, the two poets worked together on Lyrical Ballads a collection which included Coleridge’s famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Although not liked by critics, the collection published in 1798 marked what most view as the beginning of the Romantic movement in English poetry.

Alfoxton is also noted as the place where Dorothy, a poet and author herself, began writing her journals, which she continued when they later moved to the Lake District.

The four storey house, which in the past has been a hotel, is Grade II-listed and the property extends over 51 acres to include a deer park, woodland and farm buildings. It has many original features, including wood panelling and fireplaces along with 17 guest bedrooms, a large dining room, kitchens, sitting rooms and the library which was the setting for the first reading of the Ancient Mariner.

The estate was owned by the St Albyn family for many years; Alfoxton had also housed American troops during the Second World War and had been the site for Wellington House School.

Richard Thomas, business agent at Christie & Co which is handling the sale says: “It’s always exciting when such a rare and historic property is introduced to the market and with its idyllic West Somerset location, we anticipate a high level of interest from a variety of parties across the leisure sector. Of course, there is also potential to convert the site into a residential dwelling, and as a blank canvas there are endless opportunities for a new owner to embark on.”

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Christie & Co is marketing the freehold interest of Alfoxton Park Estate at a guide price of £2,000,000.

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