By Mark McConville
With the 125th anniversary of Peter Rabbit around the corner, it’s the perfect time to stay in the Cumbrian countryside cottages that inspired Beatrix Potter’s works.
From Beatrix’s beloved holiday home to the house adjoining the former Potter farm, book lovers can retrace the steps of the famous author herself and enjoy the ultimate staycation in the home of Peter, Benjamin, Jemima and the gang.
Incredible images show the Coach House which is a listed property that was once the Potter family holiday home in the 1890s, the Cottage that was once owned by Beatrice Potter herself and Meadowcroft No. 4 which is just a five-minute drive away from the Beatrix Potter Centre and the Peter Rabbit Garden.
The Coach House is available to rent from cottages.com for £337 a week’s stay, working out at just £12 per person per night in the two-bedroom property.
The Cottage is slightly pricier, coming in at £348 for a week’s stay meaning it is around £12.40 per person per night and while it can sleep four, it only has one bedroom.
The most expensive of the lot is Meadowcroft No.4 at £599 for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation. This means the six guests in the three-bedroom property would be paying around £14.30 per night each.
“Set in an elevated position on a quiet private road in the Victorian conservation village of Birnam, the Coach House has its own garden and lots of walking, cycling, golf and fishing opportunities locally” reads the listing.
“What’s more, with castles, gardens and distilleries nearby, guests won’t be short of things to do in the area that Beatrix and her family were so fond of.
“Enjoying a quiet and secluded position surrounded by rocky bracken-covered hills and high fells, this 17th-century farmhouse (the Cottage) adjoins onto a traditional Lakeland working hill farm which was once owned by Beatrix Potter herself.
“Guests can take in the views of the magnificent Langdale Valley from all windows of the property or set out to explore this superb setting by foot. The tranquil splendour of this picturesque place is not to be missed, and with no TV in sight you’re left to relax in peace on a true “away from it all” holiday.
“Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, this former gentleman’s residence (Meadowcroft No. 4) is now a stunning first floor apartment with immaculate shared gardens and all-weather tennis court. With plenty of wildlife to see, including birds and rabbits, it’s easy to see how Beatrix Potter was inspired by the area.
“The property is only a five-minute drive from the popular location of Bowness-on-Windemere, where book lovers can visit the Beatrix Potter Centre and enjoy the Peter Rabbit Garden that retells the story of one of Beatrix’s best-loved tales.”
For more information see www.cottages.com