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Weekender: Walk in the Footsteps of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District


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Weekender: Walk in the Footsteps of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District

Holiday like Beatrix Potter in one of the country’s most beautiful spots

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Ever wondered what inspired Beatrix Potter to create her characters, known and beloved by children for over a century? Step into the author’s world in one of the most beautiful corners of the country, with a short trip to the Lake District…

Listen to our What’s On Podcast episode of Beatrix Potter & the Lake District HERE

Weekender: 48 Hours in the Lake District

STAY

What do you go to the Lakes for if not for the views? They don’t come better than those offered at Storrs Hall, perched right on the shoreline of Lake Windermere. A charming Grade II listed mansion, the hall played host to Beatrix Potter herself in its heyday of private ownership, and it’s a stone’s throw from Hill Top itself, the 17th century farmhouse that Potter called home, now owned and run by the National Trust. The Georgian Mansion house that is Storrs Hall has 30 rooms, plus the newly-converted one-bedroom boathouse that serves as the perfect lakeside retreat for a couple or family. The Boathouse comes with steam toom, hot-tub, fire-pit and alfresco dining facilities, plus spectacular views over the lake, of course.

Storrs Hall

SEE

If you’re in the area in pursuit of the magic of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top is of course a must-visit; on the approach to the house you’ll see scenes from Potter’s iconic drawings throughout the village, and then as you reach the garden you’ll imagine Tom Kitten perching on the garden gate. Much of the interior of Hill Top is as it would have been when Potter resided there, her bedroom even bearing the very same William Morris wallpaper. Every corner of the farmhouse that features in an illustration is flagged, and as with all National Trust properties, the staff are friendly and packed to bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject at hand.

Also worth a visit is Wray Castle, the destination for the Potter family’s very first holiday in the Lakes, the trip that she fell in love with the area and was inspired to make a life there. The chocolate-box village of Hawkshead should also be on the agenda, home of the National Trust Beatrix Potter Gallery, currently hosting ‘The Right Sort of Woman’ exhibition in line with the national programme of Women and Power to tie in with 100 years of suffrage in the UK. If navigating all of this alone is unappealing, Mountain Goat Tours runs a half-day Beatrix Potter excursion, where your driver will not only transport you from place to place but prove to be a fountain (/lake) of knowledge on all things Beatrix Potter and her relationship with the stunning surrounding area of the Lakes.

Lake District

EAT

You’re in the right place for Grasmere Gnigerbread; it would be rude not to stock up. Even if you think you don’t like gingerbread, this stuff is legendary for a reason. And of course, Kendal Mint Cake is a local favourite, too. The Lake Edge restaurant at Storrs Hall led by Head Chef Paul Nicholson serves up a seasonal menu rich in local flavours while the Tower Bar (the ornate bar itself came to Storrs Hall from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom) is the perfect spot for a more casual bite after a busy day exploring.

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BOOK IT

Room rates at Storrs Hall start from £140 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Rates at The Boathouse start from £480 per night for two guests. For further information, please visit: www.storrshall.com

Listen to our podcast episode below… 

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