27 August 2019

Allan Bank, Grasmere

We arrived to find the house and the surrounding hills partially hidden by the mist and headed in to have a look around (and to warm up – it was so cold I was absolutely nithered).

Allan Bank is a grade II listed two-storey villa looking over the village of Grasmere. It was built in 1805 and from 1808 to 1811, Allan Bank was the home of poet William Wordsworth. The property is now owned by the National Trust and is currently undergoing major renovations after a fire in 2011.

Cumbria is one of the few remaining habitats in England of the red squirrel, and the grounds of Allan Bank is a place where they are commonly seen. We sat looking out of one of the windows and were lucky enough to spot a couple of red squirrels on our visit to the house.

The gardens at Allan Bank were lovely to walk around and even though it was July, there was an autumnal feel to the place. Luckily, the sun did come out as we were wandering round and you could see the view over Grasmere. 

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