A HOME formerly owned by poetry legend William Wordsworth is on the market for more than £3 million.

Dating back to the 17th Century, Iving Howe at Little Langdale is up for sale for £3.25 million.

The five-bedroom was passed through generations of the Wordsworth family until 1921.

It comes with four bathrooms and 16 acres of gardens and woodland.

The Mail:

In a listing, property agents Ashdown Jones said: "Formerly owned by legendary Lakeland poet William Wordsworth, discover your own host of golden daffodils, and take in the beauty of the surrounding fells from your own 16-acre plot comprising gardens, fields and woodland, at the characterful Iving Howe.

"Purchased not for the poet himself but in 1818 by an arrangement with his 'connection and friends', according to extracts from Iving Howe's deeds, to divide it into seven freeholds owned by family and friends ensuring each voted for Lord Lonsdale in the forthcoming County elections.

The Mail:

"(The Westmorland election of 1818, because of such widespread sharp practice, and following riots in Kendal, was declared null and void).

"William Wordsworth's son (also called William) having a liking for the home 'for many reasons', acquired Iving Howe in 1842, and Iving Howe passed down through generations of the Wordsworth family until 1921.

"In Wordsworth's biography, written by Mary Moorman, Mary, Wordworth's wife, describes Iving Howe as a 'sweet sunny place with beautiful rocks'."

The Mail: An image of William Wordsworth  from an 1893 antique book "The Town" by Leigh Hunt..

The property listing also desribed the extensive outdoor space at the poet's former home.

It said: "Outside, experience the 16 acres of garden, orchard and fields and woodland surrounding Iving Howe.

"Meticulously maintained over the last 38 years by the current owners, the grounds are a haven for wildlife.

"Carpeted in daffodils and bluebells in the spring, pluck apples from the orchard as autumn arrives.

The Mail:

"Views from the garden vary, to the north stretching out in a horseshoe reaching as far as Lingmoor in winter when the trees recede.

"A blaze of colour, mature rhododendrons and azaleas flourish in early summer.

"With year round planting assured to provide interest throughout the seasons.

"At the top of one field, discover a dozen damson trees, once used in chutneys made by Hawkshead Relish in the company's early days.

"In winter, admire the river running through the valley, as it glints in the low sunlight.""