The Lingholm Estate

On Saturday we decided to explore the Lingholm estate on Derwentwater. Lingholm is set in a stunning location, with a walled garden to explore and a posh café! But the most important aspect of Lingholm for me, is the Beatrix Potter connection.

Beatrix Potter holidayed at Lingholm for ten years, from 1897 to 1907. At Lingholm she continued her friendship with Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, by then rector of Crosthwaite Church near Keswick. They'd first met at Wray Castle, near Hawkshead, and Rawnsley continued to encourage Beatrix's writing. 

The Lingholm estate is the setting for some of her best-loved books. The walled garden was the inspiration for The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. She also found inspiration in the local area for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle. 

We had lunch in the Lingholm Kitchen and strolled round the walled garden. I was imagining Mr McGregor chasing Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny through the lettuces and raspberry canes. Chris was eyeing up plants suitable for our garden at home!

Both lost in our own worlds, we had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Aerial view of Lingholm Estate with Derwentwater beyond and Keswick in the distance

Vegetables growing in the walled garden

The Lingholm Kitchen viewed from the walled garden

The vegetable garden viewed from the terrace