If you enjoy literary landscapes, then why not whisk your family to Cumbria for a holiday to remember? With serene landscapes and Beatrix Potter themed attractions, there really is something for everyone with break in the Lake District.
Famed for her enchanting stories and beautiful artwork, Beatrix Potter fell in love with the area at the tender age of sixteen after her family stayed at Wray Castle overlooking Lake Windermere. Inspired by beautiful landscape around her, Beatrix became an adept scientific illustrator with a deep interest of botany, before embarking on an illustrious career path that would lead her to publish over 24 children’s tales featuring a variety of animal characters. Following her husband’s death in 1905, Potter returned to her roots and purchased Hill Top Farm in Near Sawry as she had always wanted to own that farm and live in “that charming village.”
Children can see their favourite characters come to life at The World of Beatrix Potter located in the heart of Bowness-On-Windermere. Visit Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen, explore Jemima Puddleduck’s woodland glade and discover Peter Rabbit’s beautiful sunlit garden. Alternatively, why not visit Wray Castle, a place that enchanted and inspired a young Beatrix Potter. Catering to young and old, enjoy the unbeatable view of Lake Windermere and explore the extensive grounds which include a Treehouse Castle for the little lords and ladies. Or, if you prefer picturesque scenery over tourist hot-spots, embark upon Brockhole’s Beatrix Potter Trail and admire the wildlife that inspired Beatrix Potter herself.
And while you’re in the area, why not stop for a bite to eat? Chocolate connoisseurs will fall in love with Windermere’s very own Choccobar. Offering chocolate beverages in an array of flavours from sweet hazelnut to the obscure smoky bacon, patrons can satisfy their sweet tooth in one of the most popular local haunts. If chocolate isn’t to your tastes, St Martins Tea Room and Grill offers traditional sandwiches and scones or you can treat yourself to afternoon tea if you’re feeling particularly indulgent
Did you know? At the time of her death in 1943, Potter owned 14 farms, over 4,000 acres of land, and substantial numbers of Herdwick sheep, she bequeathed them all to the National Trust so that others might enjoy the same rural life-style.
If you want to get the complete Beatrix Potter experience, why not stay on the doorstep of Potter countryside?
The Cottage (948)
High Oxen Fell, near Coniston
This cottage adjoins a 17th-century farmhouse on a traditional Lakeland working hill farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter, now owned by the National Trust. It enjoys a very quiet and secluded position, in a superb setting surrounded by rocky bracken-covered hills and high fells, in the heart of Lakeland. The views from all windows are across the magnificent Langdale Valley to the surrounding woods and mountains. Enjoy the tranquil splendour of this idyllic setting in a TV free cottage to enable you to relax in peace of a true away from it all holiday.
Potter Tarn (CC123291)
Neun Crag, near Skelwith Bridge
This newly refurbished single storey wooden chalet is set in an elevated position within the peaceful, private wooded 18 acre Neaum Crag estate, just three miles out of Ambleside. Why not sit out in the garden enjoying the view and keeping an eye out for the wildlife which freely roam the area? Guests benefit from full use of the sites shop, laundry room, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and recreation hall with seating and table tennis. Situated at the foot of the Langdale Valley, there is a fantastic range of walks and bike rides from your door. Being right in the heart of the Lakes means there is plenty to explore from the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and boating on Windermere, to the traditional Lakeland towns with a fantastic range of independent shops, galleries and eateries. The charming hamlet of Skelwith Bridge with its great pubs and cafes is only a 10-minute walk away.
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