Through the Rabbit Hole with Peter Rabbit

Accommodation, Family

Posted by Clare Willcocks on 25th February 2021

Peter Rabbit

With blockbuster Peter Rabbit taking the world by storm, we’ve searched out the perfect holiday properties where the rambunctious bunny himself would feel right at home.

Beatrix Potter’s charming tales are renowned for their endearing characters with equally delightful names, and these holiday cottages wouldn’t sound amiss among the pages of one of her beloved classics.

Having spent long childhood holidays in the Lake District, particularly Ambleside and Derwentwater, Beatrix’s future writing was inspired by memories of watching squirrels in the woods, rabbits in the vegetable gardens, and the beautiful, romantic landscapes of the National Park.

With the Lake District providing the backdrop for Beatrix’s beautifully illustrated books, it’s the first destination that comes to mind for fans of the author’s work. The following properties couldn’t be more fitting, and are perfectly placed for enjoying the Lakes, Peter Rabbit style!

Bobtail Cottage, Lake District

Bobtail Cottage, Satterthwaite and Grizedale, Lake District

This cosy barn conversion is as welcoming and charming as its name implies. Enjoying a rural village setting a short hop from the local pub, it boasts a comfortable, contemporary interior, with wood burner in the lounge and a beautifully designed kitchen with granite worktops and all the mod cons. The views of the countryside could have been lifted straight from Beatrix Potter’s illustrations, and with the Beatrix Potter Gallery just four miles away in Hawkshead, it ticks all the boxes for a Peter Rabbit-inspired holiday. (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)

Bobtail Cottage

Badgers Walk, Lake District

Badgers Walk, Skelwith Bridge, Lake District

While it conjures up images of the Tale of Mr. Tod, fortunately at Badgers Walk neither Tommy Brock the badger nor Mr. Tod the fox will be around to ruin your holiday! A ground-floor apartment in a private estate surrounded by woodland, this dog-friendly property is a playground for nature enthusiasts, with walks and cycling straight from your doorstep. The spacious, open-plan living area provides a comfortable space for relaxing at the end of a day exploring Beatrix’s beloved Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness, home to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. (Sleeps 2, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 dog welcome)

Badgers Walk

Nutwood Cottage in the Lake District

Nutwood Cottage, Grange-over-Sands, Lake District

Nuts are to squirrels what radishes are to rabbits, so Nutwood Cottage in the Lakeland town of Grange-over-Sands would surely be top of Squirrel Nutkin’s holiday bucket list! Formerly a stable, this cosy retreat for four has a traditional Cumbrian-cottage feel, with exposed beams, an open fire, and a sweet, enclosed garden where you can just imagine Beatrix Potter’s characters bounding around. Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix as you explore the Lake District; discover the woodland trails in Grizedale Forest (17 miles), take a boat out on Lake Windermere, or wander around quaint Hawkshead (15 miles). (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 dog welcome)

Nutwood Cottage

Garden House, Cumbria

Garden House, Coniston, Lake District

Peter Rabbit’s love of a good garden gets him in many a scrape with Mr McGregor, and Garden House would certainly be a top choice for a family holiday with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail! This beautifully appointed single-storey property has a sunny, farmhouse-style kitchen, cosy lounge with log burner and attractive bedrooms, all boasting tasteful and welcoming décor. Outside, the lawned garden and walled patio seating area with BBQ and chiminea are surrounded by trees and offer glorious countryside views. A garden any discerning rabbit would be proud of! (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 dogs welcome)

Garden House

The Hare in the Lake District

The Hare, Caldbeck (2mls NW), Lake District

Peter Rabbit would certainly approve of spending a holiday in a lodge named The Hare! Set on a working farm, this bright and contemporary retreat near Caldbeck is a beautiful place to hole up with the family. The views over the fells and Caldbeck Valley from the open-plan kitchen/diner are stunning – lookout for Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail hopping about in the fields! There are heaps of hiking trails from the doorstep, and the pretty village of Caldbeck is nearby, home to cafes, pubs and a tranquil duck pond where you might just spot a jolly Jemima Puddle-Duck waddling about. (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 dog welcome)

The Hare

Ducks Haven in the Lake District

Duck's Haven, Cartmel, Lake District

Jemima Puddle-Duck would go quackers for this beautiful holiday home overlooking tranquil gardens and a secluded duck pond. Located in a converted mill set around a pleasant courtyard, the apartment has one double and one twin room, plus a spacious lounge and kitchen, making it ideal for families. The delightful village of Cartmel is a mile away, home to cosy inns, fine restaurants and a buzzy central square. Take the little ones to Grizedale Forest for woodland activities, or learn more about Jemima Puddle-Duck and the rest of the Beatrix Potter clan in Hawkshead. (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 3 dogs welcome)

Duck's Haven

Red Squirrel Den in the Lake District

Red Squirrel Den, Ullswater, Lake District

Squirrel Nutkin would be sure to find safety from Old Brown Owl here in the Red Squirrel Den. This bolthole for two enjoys magnificent views over Ullswater and boasts walks straight from its doorstep. The cottage is secluded in a wooden enclave, and the approach is via an unmade woodland track, making you feel as though you’re stepping into the world of Beatrix Potter. The shared garden attracts an abundance of wildlife, while the cottage itself has luxuries like a roll-top bath and a wood burner - a perfect place to squirrel away with a loved one. (Sleeps 2, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 dogs welcome)

Red Squirrel Den

Browse through our collection of holiday cottages across the UK and find your own bolthole for your next getaway. From cute-as-a-button lodges to cottages with gardens, we have many cosy retreats which we've no doubt Peter Rabbit himself would approve of.

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Photo of Peter Rabbit provided by The World of Beatrix Potter.

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