About Stepping Stones

Set in the outskirts of Ambleside in the small village of Rydal, Stepping Stones is located overlooking a much visited beauty spot.  This historic house was built to take advantage of its wonderful location, overlooking the River Rothay and famous stepping stones. It houses four cottage apartments that provide quality accommodation with a high level of comfort and attention to detail. The properties have all achieved a Visit England four star rating with Riverbank receiving a Gold Award.

The rich history of this rambling property dates back more than 400 years when it would have been a considerably smaller property, and then expanding in size in Victorian times. Its most famous owner was the son of the great Lakeland poet William Wordsworth (also called William) who bought the house in 1881 for £1,600. He was rather wealthy thanks to his famous father bequeathing him his well paid post of Stamp Distributor for Cumberland & Westmorland, receiving an income of more than £400 per annum.

The Wordsworth family would have known Stepping Stones by its former name of "Spring Cottage"  Aptly named after the fresh water spring that tumbles down from the fell side onto the grounds and supplied water to the property as it still does today. Stepping Stones remained in the Wordsworth family until 1935.

The Lakeland poet Quillian was also a previous owner. He retired from the army and settled here in 1821 and in 1841 married Dora Wordsworth after the death of his first wife

It is not hard to see why Stepping Stones attracted Quillian and the Wordsworths as the area is truely outstanding in its Lakeland beauty. As a holiday property Stepping Stones can now be enjoyed by holiday makers, many of whom return again each year and some more frequently.

  

Wordsworth wrote probably his most known poem in 1802 .......

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".....A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze...."

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