Allan Bank in Grasmere in the English Lake District is a house where William Wordsworth the poet once lived for a couple of years. Early in the twentieth century it was owned by one of the founders of the National Trust and subsequently bequeathed to the Trust.
In 2011 the house was damaged by fire and a restoration of it is planned. Meanwhile it exists as a largely empty shell (with a roof) with a magnificent view over Grasmere from its isolated position on the edge of the village.
Currently it is a place to drop in on. Sit in a room unfurnished save for table and chairs, sip a coffee, nibble a cake, and let your mind wander back over the years and imagine history. No-one will hurry you away, simply linger and adsorb the building.
We visited exactly a year ago, when Autumn was in full show, and through the large bay window we could almost touch the forest. Buildings like this are a rarity – if you are up this way, put Allan Bank on your visiting list.