I would like to recommend the National Trust to you, especially if you have a young family.
I originally became a member of the National Trust because the membership includes parking in the various car parks around the Lake District that are owned by the National Trust.
The whole idea of it all really grated me. I would find myself wandering around quite disgusted at the opulence and planning to overthrow the occupants, perhaps beheading them in the process.
Recently though, it seems that the National Trust has been undergoing a bit of an image change.
I'm sure this has been a necessity as the upkeep of these historic buildings is expensive and the type of people interested in the type of properties described above are getting less and less able to get up the crooked stairs.
So it's great to see some properties being given an alternative treatment.
Allen Bank in Grasmere is one such property. Yes, there is some history, Wordsworth's house blah blah, Canon Rawnsey blah blah.
I'm glad to say that the National Trust seem to be taking a light touch approach to the historical aspects of the house.
It's there if you want it but it's not stuffy.
|"I wandered lonely as a ..."|
You can sit in a chair in front of a roaring fire and read or compose poetry.
There is information on the history of the building and the famous occupants.
But there are no roped off areas. You are encouraged to touch things.
You can write on the walls,
play with toy farms,
and making stuff.
|make your own garden|
|write a letter to a love|
write on a blackboard
|play in the dolls house|
make an idea for the idea tree
|make a bee for the garden|
|play with magnetic poetry|
|paint the view|
|show off your work|
draw a portrait of your family
|and then there's the outside|
|follow the big trail|
|that has lots of steps|
|and a tunnel|
|refuel ready for our next adventure|