The Lake District’s most successful self-catering cottage company, Heart of the Lakes, is honouring one of the region’s greatest literary figures by giving away a holiday in the 17th century farmhouse she once owned. Beatrix Potter, who would have turned 150 years old on 28th June this year, bequeathed the property, Yew Tree Farm, to the National Trust. It famously featured in the 2006 film, ‘Miss Potter’, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
Heart of the Lakes, who rent out the grade II listed farmhouse, have launched the competition, which will see a lucky winner awarded a one week stay during August, a prize worth more than £1500. With Potter now synonymous with the Lake District and Yew Tree Farm one of the most iconic property’s in the country, the competition will hopefully generate interest in both the area and its heritage, as partner, Chris Jackson explains:
“Yew Tree Farm is one of the most famous buildings in the Lake District and an extremely popular place to stay, so we are delighted to be able to offer it free, particularly in the summer holidays. It’s also a fitting way for us to celebrate the life of a well-loved author who has brought such joy to so many over the years.” he said. “Yew Tree Farm is the most wonderful property and just oozes history and character, so we will be very excited to choose a lucky winner on her actual anniversary date - 28th June!
The three bedroomed farmhouse, which sleeps up to six people, still features some of Beatrix Potter’s own antique furniture and has been visited by many celebrities over the years. Emma Thompson has stayed at Yew Tree Farm and even the Queen visited on a trip to the Lake District. Yet despite its eminent status, it is very much a working farm, rearing Herdwick sheep and Belted Galloways. Guests can even collect their own breakfast eggs from the farm chickens.
For further information about the competition and to enter, please visit: http://www.heartofthelakes.co.uk/competition/win-a-cottage-holiday-worth-ps1-500