I’ve spent many Summers in the Lake District and the one thing we always do there is visiting Beatrix Potter’s home; Hill Top Farm in Ambleside. I was brought up with Peter Rabbit books and always found Hill Top a magical place seeing inspiration from the books. In fact, the Lake District was a big part of her life. She bought fifteen farms and four thousand acres of land which she left to the National Trust when she died. As we celebrate Miss Potter’s 150th Birthday, I’m going to go through some of my favourite places in The Lake District.
As mentioned before, Hill Top Farm is a firm favourite of mine. You can really see how the house and garden’s shaped some of my favourite stories. The house is left in original condition and you cannot take photo’s inside but it’s absolutely beautiful. It can be a bit of a nightmare trying to get a parking spot as it’s very busy in the Summer.
The World of Beatrix Potter is a massive attraction in the Lake District for the whole family. The exhibit explores her work and conservation in a really fun way and also the tearoom is a must visit! This year see’s the debut of Peter Rabbit: The Musical which is performed at the attraction, three times a day. I’m so intrigued to see this so maybe a visit may be on the cards next Summer.
We decided to visit the Beatrix Potter Galley in Hawkshead on a whim on our last visit. Although, It’s quite a small gallery it featured some beautiful original artwork. The collection includes original drawings of Peter Rabbit himself which is just incredible to see. The village of Hawkshead is also super cute with lots of little shops and tiny backstreets. Hawkshead was another place which featured in many of Beatrix Potter’s tales.
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If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is right on Lake Windermere. The property was also formerly owned by Beatrix Potter herself – How amazing?! With incredible views and cosy rooms, it’s the perfect place for a staycation in the Lakes.
It seems that half of the Lake District is celebrating Beatrix Potter’s Birthday with so many different events, parties and exhibitions taking place this Summer. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get to the lakes this year but I did celebrate her Birthday by buying a limited edition 50 pence piece. Hopefully, it’ll be worth of fortune in the future. If you’re not really a fan of Beatrix Potter, Classic British Hotels have a few other suggestions on literacy landscapes inspired by different authors and books.
Are you a Beatrix Potter fan? Have you been to the Lake District?