Alfox Den is a cosy retreat with a standard, 4’6” double bed and all the usual mod cons including TV and modern shower room. Please note that this room’s window is a roof-light.
This room has been named to reflect some very local history in the shape of the rambling, derelict mansion, Alfoxton House, which is just above Pardlestone Farm. Once home to one of Britain’s finest romantic poets, William Wordsworth, and his sister, Dorothy, the couple leased Alfoxton for a period in the 1790s, and from this base, Wordsworth was inspired to write some of his most famous poetry. Frequently entertaining their friend and neighbour, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the group would often find amusement in playing word games. As an example, Putsham Farm (at the bottom of Pardlestone Lane) became Potsdam, and Alfoxton House itself became All Fox Den. Changing names for fun in this way may partly explain why they were thought to be French spies, as any humour was lost on the locals! (This was at a time when a French invasion in this area was considered likely.) Wordsworth was refused an extension of his lease as a result of these rumours, and Coleridge left the area shortly after! We’ve shortened the words coined by Wordsworth to call this room Alfox Den.
Visitors to Pardlestone can still take the short walk to the now largely derelict Alfoxton House where the Wordsworths lived, which is only around 15 minutes away.