Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail won’t be hiding in their burrow today or ducking down the hedgerow to collect blackberries. As the world celebrates the great literary works of one of the Lake District’s finest authors, bunnies everywhere will be out in protest against the Mr McGregors of this world. Peter might even come home with his jacket and shoes tonight.
28 July 2016 is 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of England’s most celebrated children’s authors and one of Cumbria’s finest tourist attractions. You can visit Beatrix Potter’s own rural retreat, Hill Top, for a charming insight into the humble life, rolling countryside and abundant wildlife that inspired her tales. Or you can exhaust a few hours at The World of Beatrix Potter in nearby Bowness-on-Windermere.
But Potter’s influence stretches far beyond her home county with cottages as far as Cornwall named in a nod to her character creations. So this is a little list of cottages with a Beatrix Potter link (some more tenuous than others).
Lakefield Cottage, Near Sawrey
Lakefield is nestled in the orchard of Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, in Near Sawrey. It enjoys views over Esthwaite Lake – the fictional home of Jeremy Fisher – and is a short skip, hop and jump to the National Trust owned village pub, Tower Bank Arms. It’s the perfect romantic retreat or pet friendly holiday for the grown up Potter fan, or stick a Zbed in the lounge if there’s a young fan travelling with you. You may well have to buy the box set of books after a stay here though!
Stoney Croft Cottage, Near Sawrey
For something with a little more space Stoney Croft Cottage is also in Near Sawrey, Beatrix Potter’s village. In fact, this two bedroom terrace cottage is just a few hundred yards from Hill Top. This is the picture postcard setting that tempts teasing foxes and blatant badgers out to play in Potter’s tales. Whether your kids loves the books or the Peter Rabbit series available on CBeebies, they’ll spot the familiarities in this country hamlet.
Meadowside, Near Sawrey
If you’re bringing a troop of Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggwinkle fans then Meadowside, also in Near Sawrey, will accommodate more of you. Puddleduck fans will be keen to make themselves at home in the Tower Bank Arms that featured in Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Jemima Puddleduck and it will offer welcome repose after a day exploring the cycle tracks and sculpture trails of nearby Grizedale Forest.
This cottage is all exposed beams and original features in what is known as the antiques capital of Cornwall. Tiggywinkles is a two bedroom cottage is in the heart of town and while offers unrestricted parking it’s also only a 5 minute walk from the train station. Best of all, is the secret garden tucked around the corner from the patio – we can imagine a literary mind finding great joy and inspiration in such a setting! But bunnies beware, this is a dog friendly cottage. Quick! Under the gate…
Puddleduck is perfectly perched next to a former duck pond on this working farm just inland from Padstow. For the sake of the ducks do keep an eye out for those suave and wily foxes – let’s keep duck off the dinner table here! Whether you’re bringing kids or dogs, the garden is well enclosed and offers stunning views of rural Cornwall.
Jeremy Fisher, Marhamchurch
Jeremy Fisher is a three bedroom cottage 2 miles inland from beautiful Bude in Cornwall. Far from the “slippy-sloppy” house at the edge of the pond that Fisher wallowed in, this charming Cornwall cottage sleeps 5 in comfortable modern furnishings. It’s the perfect base from which to explore this stretch of Cornish coastline with a host of beaches all within a 10 minute drive.
Wanting for a wildlife inspired holiday? We’ve got 79 cottages in Beatrix Potter country around Hawkshead and Near Sawrey in Cumbria.