Peter Rabbit. A troublesome bunny created by Beatrix Potter in 1893 that was inspired by her own pet rabbit, Peter Piper. Her Tales of Peter Rabbit appear on the bookshelves of millions of us nowadays and today’s generation of bright young things also have an animation version thanks to every modern mother’s saviour, Cbeebies. But what has this to do with avoiding the Lake District in 2018?
2018 starts another chapter in the Beatrix Potter phenomenon: Peter Rabbit, the movie. Hollywood’s take on the tales are all we’re going to hear about for the next few weeks. With the likes of James Corden as the voice of Peter Rabbit in this new £35 million film, if the Easter hols turn out to be a damp squib at least there’ll be a decent movie on at the cinema.
Beatrix Potter, having spent a lot of her holidays in the Lake District, actually ended up buying several properties in the region and there’s the draw card. A Hollywood movie about an imaginary rabbit is about to put the Lake District firmly on the tourist trail…
The Tales of Peter Rabbit
From a pet rabbit, to a rabbit in a book by a lady minding her own business in the Lake District, to Peter Rabbit becoming a thriving £400 million global industry. A family favourite has now landed a feature film and now Cumbria is going to become THE spot. Everyone knows that this may become the best holiday destination this summer.
You’ll feel the urge to exercise
In the summer months Great Langdale, commonly known as Langdale, is very popular with walkers and climbers. With the pleasant weather, this isn’t a surprise. Just like Peter Rabbit and his friends, you’ll be in the midst of chaos with families, cyclists and walkers all trying to enjoy the view of the mountain crests and lakes. Walker’s paradise? Walk on and you’ll see more.
On 1 January you said that you’d lose a stone by summer. With Gillam’s Tearoom and afternoon tea being great at the Inn on the Lake, there’s no chance of that happening. Relaxing in the cosy atmosphere of the Lake View lounge with its gorgeous views looking out towards Lake Ullswater and their well kept gardens will lull you into a cake-coma. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it…?
We’re not talking theme parks and attractions, we’re talking glorious English countryside, lakes and wildlife, not forgetting striking coastline. Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, the kids asking what’s for breakfast and your other half having taken up most of the bed, you’ll be eager to get out about about. Whitehaven Coast might be the place for you, with hidden gems and wildlife surrounding you all.
If the first word that popped into your head was “boring”, it depends on your point of view. A visit to Beatrix Potter’s house at Hill Top includes access to all areas and a showcase of over 200 of Beatrix’s personal items. With over 100,000 people visiting the gardens alone, we wonder what’s so intriguing…
From otters to red squirrels, you can be guaranteed that you’ll see all sorts. A weekend nature safari? A twitcher’s tour? You might even see England’s only golden eagle if you’re lucky. Bring your binoculars.
The British weather, as we know, is very unpredictable. However, the Lake District will provide some of Britain’s finest scenery in the summer months that rain or shine, you’ll be quite fine. With the grandest of views, it is understandable as to why there are so many artistic connections to the county. The weather simply compliments the valleys and woodlands, emphasizing the beauty of the atmosphere. Pack your watercolours just in case.
Everyone’s booked their Lake District holidays already
Or at least after Easter – once the film’s released – all the Cumbria holiday cottages might be gone.
Not to worry, we’ve got your back with these Hawkshead holiday homes:
Lakefield Cottage, Hawkshead, Lake District
Located in the orchard of Beatrix Potter’s former holiday home, this romantic cottage commands breathtaking views across the Lake District mountains and beyond. With an undeniable fairytale magic to this location, guests will be hard pushed to leave. A huge picture window in the living area is perfect for gazing at the view, while a king-size bedroom is ideal for resting those legs after a day of exploring. Nearby, the National Trust owned Tower Bank Arms pub is well worth a visit, where settling down in front of a roaring open fire is a must.
Wykefield, Hawkshead, Lake District
A majestic property that is set in the most idyllic of settings. Less than a five minute stroll from Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse, the famous author also holidayed at the house which Wykefield is a part of, making the final edits to her Peter Rabbit novel. Lovingly redeveloped, the Victorian residence now offers the highest standard of accommodation, stretched across four beautiful bedrooms, three luxury bathrooms, a welcoming lounge and a stunning south facing triple aspect kitchen diner.
From a romantic cottage in the orchard of Beatrix Potter’s former holiday home to a majestic property in the most idyllic of settings, there is a Potter-inspired holiday suited for all. So whether you want a jam packed holiday with different adventures like Peter Rabbit or if you wish to relax cruising on Lake Windermere, mooch through our Cumbrian cottages.
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