Beatrix Potter Lake District Attractions: The House, Potter World, Gallery

Call us biased, but at the Rothay Garden Hotel in The Lake District… we can’t get enough of The Lake District and its literary and film connnections.

On the coat tails of director Will Gluck’s latest film, Peter Rabbit (Rascal, Rebel, Rabbit) we thought we’d explain what Beatrix Potter has to do with our neck of the woods, in Cumbria.

Beyond stunning scenery, one of the main reasons people flock to the lakes (from all corners of The Globe) is to see the place she called home and discover her world.

We’re sure you do too. Here’s a quick guide –

Beatrix’s House – Hill Top Farm – National Trust

If home is where the heart is then Hill Top Farm was it for Beatrix Potter. There was another house for her married life, but Hill Top was her space, and hers alone. A place where she could feel free – immersing herself in the land of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mr McGregor.

Hill Top Image

Hill Top Farm is a pastoral dream. The perfect example of what we think (hope) an idyllic country retreat is like. Meticulously maintained perennial gardens and untouched period rooms, full of Beatrix’s favourite belongings. A real shrine to one of the finest 20th Century storytellers and illustrators.  

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Image credit: The World of Beatrix Potter 

One of the Lake District’s best family attractions is found near Lake Windermere. Visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of their favourite characters brought to life within beautiful countryside.

There’s a chance to explore Mr McGregor’s garden, see an exhibition, a theatre production and maybe buy the little ones a Peter Rabbit toy on the way out. Oh, and there’s cake. (The real reason anyone visits anywhere, but don’t tell).

Beatrix Potter Gallery – National Trust

A 17th Century building found in Hawkshead, and funnily enough, once the office of Beatrix Potter’s husband – solicitor William Heelis

The new exhibition for 2018 is “the right sort of woman” which celebrates her position as a “…strong and influential woman in the Cumbrian community.”

Alongside her work as an author and artist Beatrix Potter was a dedicated conserver of the Lake District, and an original supporter of the burgeoning National Trust. In fact, at her passing in 1943 she left many of her farms and land to the Trust.

She adored the Lake District and didn’t want it to change. If you visit, you’ll feel the same – a common reaction.

Image credit: The World of Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit Film Locations

You’d be correct in thinking Hill Top Farm was a prime filming location. Below are some of the other gorgeous locations used in the Peter Rabbit film.

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Wray Castle – Standing proud on the banks of Lake Windermere, this private home was built in 1840. It was a popular holiday destination for Beatrix and her family.

Hawkshead – A picturesque, and time-still lakeside village, serving as the inspiration for much of Beatrix Potter’s artwork.

Lindeth Howe – Beatrix and family rented out the beautiful Lindeth Howe Estate for holidays. After her father passed away in 1915 she bought the property with her mother. For enthusiasts the recently refurbished lounge has a Peter Rabbit theme.

This is fascinating, I’m there. Where will I stay?

That’s where we can help. You can’t really appreciate a Beatrix Potter tour and the prettiness of the Lake District without staying somewhere fitting.

Rothay Garden, Grasmere, is an award-winning hotel & spa – letting you sample the best food, activities and relaxation the Lakes can offer.

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