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4-Day Lake District and Beatrix Potter Experience from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

Windermere, United Kingdom
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4 days  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Lake District as you tour the luscious landscapes that inspired Beatrix Potter during an enriching 4-day experience. Spend three restful nights in the 4-star Lindeth Howe hotel in Bowness-on-Windemere, accommodation formerly owned by the author, and sail on the shimmering surface of two lakes during idyllic cruises. Enjoy a mixture of independent exploration and informative guided tours as you discover charming towns set amid spectacular scenery and visit locations associated with Beatrix Potter. Breakfasts, dinners and hotel transfers are all included in this tour.
  • 4-day Beatrix Potter Experience including accommodation, breakfasts, dinners and two tours
  • Stay three nights at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter
  • See the best of the Lake District on a Ten Lakes Spectacular tour, including a lake cruise
  • Enjoy a Beatrix Potter Lakeland tour of the places connected with the writer, including a Lake Windermere cruise
  • Visit Hill Top House, Beatrix’s former home and the quaint village of Hawkshead
  • Get free time to explore Bowness and Lake Windermere independently
  • Relax with round-trip transfers between the hotel and selected locations
Admire the spectacular scenery of the Lake District as you gain fascinating insight into the life and work of beloved author Beatrix Potter. Cruise the glittering expanse of two lakes on idyllic boat tours; appreciate the provincial charm of villages that pepper the shores of ten lakes; explore the market town of Keswick; and visit Hilltop House, the former home of Beatrix Potter, during an informative guided tour of locations associated with the writer. 

Included in the tour is the following; three nights of luxurious accommodation at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Coutnry House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere; breakfasts and dinner on each of the three days and nights; and transfers between both the rail station and the hotel in Windermere on each leg of the journey. 

Please note: On Fridays, Hill Top House is closed and guests will only visit Hill Top’s gardens and souvenir shop.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bowness-on-Windermere (D)Begin your experience with a pickup from Windermere railway station or your centrally located hotel in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside.
Settle into your comfortable mini-coach with your driver, and travel to the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, on the fringes of Bowness. This 4-star hotel stands in six acres of gardens with picturesque views of nearby Lake Windermere, and occupies a large Victorian house once owned by Beatrix Potter, who bought the property for her mother in 1915.
Upon arrival, check in and spend the rest of the day as you please. Perhaps get to know nearby Bowness, with its delightful shops, cafes and restaurants, or relax and admire the lake views from the hotel gardens. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant.
Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness
Day 2: Bowness – Ambleside – Grasmere - Keswick – Buttermere – Castlerigg - Bowness (B, D)After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver, who doubles as your guide, at your hotel and set off in your shared mini-coach on your Ten Lakes Spectacular tour. The tour showcases the best of England’s largest National Park, taking you to 10 beautiful lakes, through majestic mountain passes, and to other beauty spots, including a waterfall, ancient stone circle and delightful towns and villages.
As you travel, admire the views over the fells and lakes and hear interesting facts from your guide about the history, events and people that have shaped the history of this much-loved region.
Trace the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s longest lake, and stretch your legs in the pretty village of Ambleside. After a stop for photos at Rydal Water, continue to the tiny village of Grasmere, and admire the beautiful reservoir at Thirlmere before traveling through the Borrowdale Valley and past Bassenthwaite Lake.
Follow Honister Pass to visit the quaint village of Buttermere before heading past Crummock Water to Keswick. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and to look around this charming market town independently, and then pick up your tour again. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient ring of stones, and hear how its 48 stones were probably placed here in around 3000 BC for ceremonial purposes.
Board a cruise boat and enjoy the passing mountain views as you sail along one of the region’s lakes. Also, stop to take snaps at one of the Park’s waterfalls.
After roughly 6.5 hours, travel back to Bowness where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, and relax over dinner at your hotel this evening.
Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness

Day 3: Bowness – Lake Windermere Cruise – Hill Top House – Hawkshead – Tarn Hows – Bowness (B, D)Relax over breakfast at your hotel, and enjoy the morning free to take things easy or explore the Windermere area as you want. Perhaps shop for souvenirs in Bowness or take a scenic walk along one of the trails that skirt Lake Windermere.
Around midday, meet your driver-guide at your hotel for your 4.5-hour Beatrix Potter Lakeland tour. Board your shared mini-coach and hear fascinating stories about Beatrix and her deep love of the Lake District, where she chose to live and work for much for her life.
Stop first at Bowness Bay and and take an enjoyable cruise on Lake Windermere to Waterhead, where the children’s author spent many of her childhood vacations.
Admire the craggy peaks surrounding the lake as you sail, and afterward, travel onward by coach to Hill Top House, the 17th-century farm that Beatrix bought in 1905 after her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Go inside (additional cost) and explore the quaint rooms that have been left as Beatrix wished, with many of her furnishings and other possessions still in place. See her writing desk and recognise some of the scenes she drew for stories such as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers.
Stroll around the pretty cottage gardens that inspired the exploits of many of her stories, and scout around the Potter memorabilia at the National Trust shop.
After, head for the nearby village of Hawkshead. Enjoy free time to walk around this historical whitewashed village, relax with a bite to eat (own expense) at a welcoming pub or restaurant, and perhaps visit the Old Grammar School (additional cost) to see the classroom where poet William Wordsworth studied in the 1780s.
Following a photo stop at the local beauty spot of Tarn Hows, return to Bowness, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off in the late afternoon. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight and the rest of the evening free.
Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness

Day 3 Bowness (B)Your experience finishes after breakfast this morning, when you check out of the Lindeth Howe. Enjoy an included mini-coach transfer to Windermere railway station or back to your original starting point.

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