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Discover the idyllic Lake District and see where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote many of her fabled children’s tales on this semi-independent 3-day experience. Stay two nights at Bowness’ 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel — a Victorian house formerly owned by Ms Potter — and enjoy plentiful time to enjoy this delightful region independently. On Day 2, an included afternoon excursion starts with a Lake Windermere cruise before taking you to Beatrix’s Hill Top farmhouse, Hawkshead village and gorgeous Tarn How. Round-trip hotel transfers and daily breakfasts and dinners are included.


  • 3-day Beatrix Potter Experience including accommodation and half-day Beatrix Potter Lakeland tour
  • Stay at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter, near Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Enjoy free time to explore Bowness and Lake Windermere at your own pace
  • See Hill Top House, Beatrix Potter’s former home and the pretty village of Hawkshead
  • Admire the epic mountain scenery on a cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Relax with round-trip transfers between the hotel and selected locations
  • Enjoy two included breakfasts and two dinners at Lindeth Howe

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Beatrix Potter Experience in Lake District Including Lakeland Tour and Lake Cruise

Stay in the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, a house once owned by Beatrix Potter

Enjoy the Lake District at leisure and visit some of the places beloved by Beatrix Potter on this 3-day semi-independent tour. 

Your experience combines a 2-night stay at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere — a hotel set in a house formerly owned by Beatrix Potter — and ample free time to enjoy the town of Bowness and this beautiful region of England as you wish. Also included is an afternoon Lakeland tour on Day 2, including a visit to the Beatrix Potter's beloved Hill Top farmhouse, a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, and time at other Lake District beauty spots. 

Other inclusions are round-trip transfers between Lindeth Howe and Windermere railway station and hotels in Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside at the start and end of your experience; plus two breakfasts and two dinners at the Lindeth Howe.

Please note:  Hill Top is closed on Fridays. On these days, guests will visit the Hill Top gardens and gift shop only.


Day 1: Bowness-on-Windermere (D)
Start your tour with a pickup from Windermere railway station or your centrally located hotel in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside.

Board your comfortable mini-coach with your driver who doubles as your guide, and travel to your hotel, the famous Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, on the edges of Bowness. Standing in six acres of gardens with gorgeous views over Lake Windermere, this delightful 4-star hotel occupies a large Victorian house that was once owned by Beatrix Potter, who bought the property for her mother in 1915.

Check in at the hotel and then enjoy free time to do as you wish. Perhaps stroll the mile (1.6 kilometers) or so into nearby Bowness to browse its charming streets and shops, or relax in the hotel gardens amid the lake views. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant before retiring for the night in readiness for tomorrow.

Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere

Day 2: Bowness – Lake Windermere Cruise – Hill Top House – Hawkshead – Tarn Hows – Bowness (B, D)
Relax over breakfast at the Lindeth Howe and enjoy the morning free to get acquainted with the Windermere area. Perhaps head into Bowness to sightsee or shop, hire a rowboat on Lake Windermere, or follow a lakeside trail to admire the stunning views over the mountains and fells.

At around midday, meet your driver-guide at your hotel and head out on your 4.5-hour Beatrix Potter Lakeland tour. Settle into your shared mini-coach and listen to commentary about the Lake District and its famous towns, lakes and fells as you drive to Bowness Bay, the departure point for your Lake Windermere cruise.

Step aboard a launch boat at the pier and soak up the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks, bays and woodlands as you sail north to Waterhead, where Beatrix Potter spent many childhood holidays. Then, disembark at Waterhead and board your coach again to travel to Hill Top House, the 17th-century farm that Beatrix bought in 1905 following her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Head inside (additional cost) to explore this charming farmhouse independently, roaming the rooms that have been left just as Beatrix wished, with her possessions and furniture still in place. See the writing desk where she worked and recognise some of the scenes featured in her illustrations for stories such as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers.

Leave time to explore Hill Top 'sgardens, whose cottage-style flowerbeds and vegetable patches inspired the exploits of characters such as Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. Browse the souvenirs in the visitor shop and then continue on to the picturesque village of Hawkshead. Admire the cobbled medieval lanes and higgledy-piggledy cottages, and see the Old Grammar School, where the poet William Wordsworth was a pupil in the 1780s.

After free time for lunch (own expense) here, drive to Tarn Hows, a famous beauty spot. Drink in the views over the mountains and lakes from its slopes before returning to Bowness, where your guided tour ends with a hotel drop-off in the late afternoon. Spend the rest of the day as you wish and enjoy a delicious included dinner at the hotel restaurant this evening.

Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere

Day 3 Bowness (B)
Following breakfast at the hotel, check out in the late morning to finish your experience. Alternatively, make use of a mini-coach transfer to Windermere railway station or back to the original starting point of your experience.

Customer Reviews

Sarah G D Colombia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

My recent trip to the Lake District was much more than I had expected. Beautiful weather, first class hotel at Lindeth Howe, gourmet restaurant. It was what I needed after attending a congress in London. For young families I would recommend a week stay so they can enjoy sailing, horseback riding, hiking. It was also very interesting to learn about Beatrix Potter's exemplary contribution to the district.

Jingbing W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

incredible good! The hotel, the food and the view! I enjoyed it and would like to share my experince with my friends.

Kelly M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The accommodation and tour were fantastic! The only disappointment was that the time given to begin the tour was 9:30 and it didn't really start until 11:40 from the hotel. The hotel staff were fantastic ringing to get information etc and luckily I had a book and a lovely place to read it while I waited.

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