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The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

If you have a young family then a trip to the World of Beatrix Potter is an absolute must. What’s more, it’s literally just down the road from our Windermere cottages.

The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere, a chance for visitors to explore the enchanting world created by Beatrix Potter. All twenty-three of her books are brought fabulously to life in a series of walk-through displays, where the sights, sounds and smells are recreated in stunning 3D.

The exhibition features the favourite characters from the book. Jemima Puddle-Duck can be found in a small, wooded glade, Jeremy Fisher making his way across the pond on a lily pad, and of course, Peter Rabbit and his siblings.

The Peter Rabbit Garden

Outside, the Peter Rabbit Garden is waiting to be explored. This is a small but perfectly formed show garden which brings to life Beatrix Potter’s illustrations. It captures all sorts of details from the stories, including the watering can in which Peter Rabbit hides from Mr McGregor, his blue jacket turned into a scarecrow and even the cos lettuces that Benjamin Bunny nibbled on.

Summer Events at the World of Beatrix Potter

This summer, events include the Peter Rabbit Summer Tea Party and a Celebration Afternoon Tea to mark the 30th Anniversary of the exhibition. These will be held on a number of dates throughout the summer in the Laundrama, just across the road from the attraction. For more information about these special events, click here.

A visit to the World of Beatrix Potter is a great adventure for the whole family. It goes without saying that younger children will absolutely love it, but we’re pretty sure adults will be fascinated too.

At the end of the visit make sure you visit the world-famous gift shop so you can take home a memento of your stay in the Lake District. And why not pay a visit to the family friendly café? It’s open every day from 10am for delicious treats, freshly baked by the talented café team.

Places to eat on Lake Windermere

Places to eat on Lake Windermere

Visit one of the fantastic places to eat on Lake Windermere

Why not hire our luxury motorboat, Tintin II, for the day and arrive in style at one of the fantastic places to eat on Lake Windermere?

In this post we take a quick tour of Lake Windermere’s finest eateries. The Lake District is packed with excellent places to eat, but each of the restaurants below have something in common – each of them has a private jetty. Which means there’s somewhere to park!

Wateredge Inn Ambleside

Wateredge Inn in Ambleside is located right on the edge of Lake Windermere and boasts some of the best views of the lake. The team pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, which means the menu is regularly updated to reflect the season. From light snacks to hearty meals, there’s something for everyone at Wateredge Inn.

Ambleside YHA Lakeside Restaurant

The restaurants at YHA Ambleside serves a range of tasty meals including breakfast baps and hot breakfasts, a great way to start the day. They also offer an all-day café style menu with plenty of delicious options, including paninis and stone-baked pizzas.

Low Wood Bay Hotel

The award winning Low Wood Bay Hotel has several dining options. The modern Windermere Restaurant serves classic European dishes, while Blue Smoke on the Bay offers an all-new Lake District dining experience, where guests can enjoy a selection of international dishes prepared on a wood-fired grill. Or why not pop out for afternoon tea, served in the chic interior of the Langdale Lounge?

The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant at Windermere Marina Village

The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant in Bowness on Windermere offers guests the chance to unwind and enjoy fresh food and fine wine overlooking the boats on Windermere Marina. Whether you’re having a light lunch or a hearty meal, you can relax in the contemporary and informal setting of the Boathouse Bar and Restaurant.

Storrs Hall Hotel

The emphasis at Storrs Hall Hotel is on pure, tasty flavours, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Both the lake view restaurant and the Tower Bar offer a range of selections from classic grill to the full à la carte, while the classic English afternoon tea can be taken in the Georgian drawing room or outside on the terrace.

Beech Hill Hotel

Burlington’s Restaurant at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa is named after the local slate. Under the expert stewardship of head chef Lukasz, the restaurant specialises in English and French cuisine offering a choice of two, three and five course dining options. Afternoon tea can also be taken from noon until 5.00pm.

Lakeside Hotel

There are two superb restaurants at Lakeside Hotel – the Lakeview Restaurant and John Ruskin’s Brasserie – as well as all-day conservatory and terrace dining. Wherever possible, head chef Richard Booth uses Cumbria’s freshest seasonal produce, allowing the flavours to speak for themselves. Afternoon tea is served daily in the conservatory from 1 – 4pm.

The Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge

The Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge offers guests several dining options. The inn itself is the beating heart of the hotel, where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. For a more formal affair, the River Room Brasserie has a three-course menu lovingly crafted by the head chef. Or why not enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea on the terrace?

Getting there

Tintin II is available to hire self-skippered for those with the necessary experience, or with a skipper, and is the perfect way to get to one of the fantastic places to eat on Lake Windermere.

Simply get in touch and let us know where you want to go and we will do the rest. Prices start at £280.

Snowdrops on the Matson Ground Estate

Snowdrops on the Matson Ground Estate

Every year, as the cold, dark days of Winter begin to take their toll, we are buoyed by the arrival of snowdrops on the Matson Ground Estate. The sight of their tender, green shoots is a sign that Spring is finally on its way. No wonder the snowdrop has been labelled the ‘Flower of Hope’.

While we look forward to seeing their pearly, white heads, how much do we actually know about this pretty little flower which brightens up the Matson Ground Estate every February? Well, very little actually. So, we thought we’d look into it in a little more detail.

German Folklore

One of our favourite tales is one from ancient German folklore. Legend has it that when everything on earth was brand new, Snow needed a colour, so it asked the flowers. One by one they turned their backs on Snow, believing it to be cold and unpleasant.

The tiny snowdrops took pity on Snow and offered their colour, which Snow gratefully accepted. In return, Snow rewarded the snowdrop by letting it bloom first and making it impervious to the ice and bitter temperatures. Ever since, Snow and snowdrops have lived side by side as friends.

Actual Snowdrop Facts

  • The scientific name for the snowdrop is Galanthus Nivalis, which literally translates as ‘milk flower of the snow’.
  • Other names for the snowdrop are: Fair Maids of February, Candlemas Bells, White Ladies, Little Sister of the Snows, Snow Piercers and Dingle-dangle
  • Snowdrops were named after earrings and not drops of snow. In the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, women wore dangly, white drop-shaped earring known as ‘eardrops’.
  • Snowdrops produce Galantamine, which has been found to be effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Snowdrops contain a natural anti-freeze which means that even if they collapse in freezing weather, they can recover once the temperature rises. In fact, they were harvested during the First World War to make anti-freeze for tanks.
  • Snowdrop enthusiasts are called Galanthophiles and they have been known to pay an awful lot of money for these sweet, little flowers. In fact, in 2015, a single Galanthus Plicatus (Golden Fleece) sold for a whopping £1390 on eBay. Nowadays, you can pick one up for about £200.
  • When temperatures reach 10°C, the outer petals open up, revealing the nectar inside, perfect for bumble bees who come out of hibernation when the temperature rises above 10°C!
  • There are over 2,500 varieties of snowdrop. They vary in height from 7cm to 30cm and are divided into approximately 20 species
  • Collecting snowdrop bulbs in the wild is illegal in many countries, so please don’t go digging any up.
  • On a sunny day, snowdrops are highly scented and give off a honey smell.

Finally, we’ll leave you with this. Hans Christian Anderson wrote a short story called ‘The Snowdrop’, which follows the fate of a snowdrop from a bulb striving towards the light to picked flower placed in a book of poetry. You can read it here.

We’ll certainly be enjoying the snowdrops on the Matson Ground Estate while they last and we hope that you have some pretty pockets of this fabulous little flower wherever you are. Spring is on its way.