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Anne Hathaway's Cottage | Stratford upon Avon blog Part 2

Today we start off at the Welcombe hotel, which sits on land that Shakespeare himself owned, and we end up at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's wife. The cottage belonged to the Hathaway's for 400 years. It was such a treat to walk through this enchanting thatched cottage. I didn't film inside, so I can describe it here for you. The ceilings were very low and the rooms small, indicating that people back then were much shorter than they are now. My husband, who is over 6 feet tall, had to duck in almost every room!

The cottage is in remarkable shape for being so old and sits on the most beautiful gardens, including a bountiful kitchen garden in front of the cottage and several acres of apple orchards. We were able to pick some of the apples and they were crisp and delicious!

William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in 1582 when Shakespeare was 18 and Anne was 26. She outlived him by 7 years. They had three children, Susanna, and twins, Hamnet and Judith. Tragically, Hamnet died at age 11.

Here is a very striking portrait of Anne...

and a snap of the cottage from my Instagram account...

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Comment of the Week

Ulrike C. writes:

Hello Jennifer,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and videos of your Europe trip. I have enjoyed all of them, but this is probably my favorite so far. For one, I have always loved England, although I have not yet been able to travel there. Stratford is definitely on my list of places to visit. Will you be able to see a play while you are there? I also enjoy seeing a bit more of your family. I know you want to keep the kids out of the spotlight and protect their privacy, and I fully agree with that, but it is nice to have an occasional glimpse into that part of your life as a reminder that you are not "only" a writer and blogger, but also a busy mom of young kids.
I would like to recommend a book to you in case you don't know it yet: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig It is a wonderful introduction into Shakespeare's work, and Ludwig gives good ideas and really a fun method of exploring and enjoying Shakespeare with your children. You can adapt it to any age (okay, your son may be a bit young :-)...), and it is amazing how quickly kids absorb the stories and characters and beautiful language. I love Shakespeare as well, and I have seen several plays as well as movie adaptations. One of my favorite movies is "Much Ado About Nothing" with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. I love the setting in Tuscany, and it is so hilarious! I highly recommend it, especially for people who may be intimidated by Shakespeare and fear they might not be able to follow the plot because of the language.
I wish you a wonderful time in Europe! I am from Germany, but I have been in the US for over twenty years, so seeing your pictures makes me a bit nostalgic...

Hi Ulrike, thank you for the book recommendation, I will check it out! With our hectic schedule, we were not able to see a play in England. On our last trip, we were able to take my oldest daughter to see the puppet theatre on the barge in Richmond and it was a sure treat. Thanks for your great comment!

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Emma Woodhouse said...

My wish is to visit England one day. Thank you for bringing us along on your trip -- it's as if I was there!

You have inspired me to revisit Shakespeare. As an English Major, I studied his works but since graduating have not done so again. Where to begin? You've reminded me how many there are to love!

Enjoy the rest of your travels!

Gumbo Lily said...

Everything is still so green. I thought you might be seeing some fall color there by now?

Daesman said...

I visited Anne Hathaway's home in Stratford with my family when I was 12 and I still remember it quite vividly- including the ceiling height! It inspired me to take a Shakespeare class in high school and I adore Shakespeare to this day. These travel videos are wonderful. It's lovely to see Famille Chic. What a delightful and beautiful family! Safe travels.