Through the Rabbit Hole with Peter Rabbit

Days out, Easter, Family

Peter Rabbit

Move over Keith Lemon, 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 which 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, Satterthwaite and Grizedale, Lake District

Bobtail Cottage, 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 woodburner 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)

Badgers Walk, Skelwith Bridge, Lake District

Badgers Walk, Lake District

While it conjures up images of the Tale of Mr. Todd, fortunately at Badgers Walk neither Tommy Brock the badger, nor Mr. Todd, 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)

Acorn Retreat, Coniston Water, Lake District

Acorn Retreat, Lake District

Acorns are to squirrels what radishes are to rabbits, so Acorn Retreat would surely be top of Squirrel Nutkin’s holiday bucket list! A stylish, detached lodge just a short stroll from the beautiful Coniston Water, it’s the perfect choice for a romantic break or a family holiday. Set within a private woodland area, it’s not hard to imagine Beatrix Potter’s adorable characters bounding around, and no doubt some of their real-life counterparts will be spotted during your stay. (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 dogs welcome)

Garden House, Coniston, Cumbria

Garden House, Cumbria

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! A beautifully appointed single-storey property with 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)

Moving away from Lake District, we were compelled to add the following cottages to our list by virtue of their irrefutably Potter-esque names.

Sandbanks, Bacton, Norfolk

Sandbanks, Norfolk

Bearing the name of Peter Rabbit’s home, Sandbanks is a beautiful family bungalow, directly alongside the beach in Bacton. If our fluffy hero were ever to head to the seaside, he’d surely pick this delightful property as his base. The bright conservatory makes the most of the stunning views, while the rest of the bungalow is well-suited to a family escape. With cafés, pubs and fish and chips nearby, it has all the ingredients for a traditional seaside getaway. (Sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 dogs welcome)

Nutkin’s Nest, Cirencester (4.5mls SE), Cotswolds

Nutkin's Nest, Cotswolds

Squirrel Nutkin would be sure to find a safe haven from Old Brown Owl here in Nutkin’s Nest. The New-England-style home is reminiscent of his very own tree-top abode and offers wildlife walks right from the doorstep. Perched on the edge of a lake, the stunning scenery can be enjoyed from the cosy lounge area, and water sports are available for the adventurous! There’s plenty to keep little ones occupied, with enclosed play areas, tennis courts, football, basketball and more, and Bath, Cheltenham and Tetbury within easy reach for days out. (Sleeps 7, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)

Fox’s Folly, Bude (10mls E), Cornwall

Fox's Folly, Cornwall

Arch enemy of Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny, Mr. Tod the fox would be delighted with this gorgeous detached cabin on the owner’s farmstead. A decked area overlooks the garden and idyllic countryside beyond, perfect for keeping an eye out for those pesky rabbits! The interior of the cabin is beautifully decorated and full of homely touches; the wooden flooring, whitewashed beams and tasteful accessories creating a welcoming feel. Just a stone’s throw from the North Cornwall coast and with Bude 20 minutes away, it’s perfectly positioned for a Cornish holiday. (Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 dog welcome)

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

Posted by Clare Willcocks on 9th April 2018