Today we started off with a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage & gardens. We were lucky enough to be blessed with nice weather, since the previous day was dreary and rainy. The trip to the cottage was sunny and really showed off how green Stratford-upon-Avon is, especially since Spring is coming up!
When we arrived, we were allowed to explore at our own leisure. I decided to take the time and explore the gardens before entering the house, taking advantage of the sunlight while I could! The cat we found wandering around the gardens was adorable and actually let us carry him (her?), but I unfortunately did not have enough time to meet the horses at the stables.
The cottage was really historically interesting, especially because of the information plaques that contained photos of displayed items such as Shakespeare’s Courting Chair (supposedly passed down from William Shakespeare to his granddaughter Lady Elizabeth Barnard, and from her to the Hathaway family), and the Hathaway Bed (again supposedly given to the Hathaway family by Lady Elizabeth Barnard, William Shakespeare’s granddaughter).
After the cottage rooms, we saw the display gallery containing information about the gardens and the use of flowers in Shakespeare’s literary works. The language of flowers has always interested me, especially when flowers can have different meanings across different cultures. I really enjoyed reading the piece about Ophelia, and I hope to have the chance to watch Hamlet performed onstage. The wall for post-it notes between lovers was pretty adorable as well.
The cottage was overall a historically interesting experience, and because of the warm and sunny weather the gardens were just beautiful. I am definitely glad the weather cleared up, because I would not have wanted to walk around in mud while touring the cottage gardens!