• Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 4 days (approx.)
From USD $612.77

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Discover the best of the Lake District and the places that inspired Beatrix Potter on this 4-day experience based in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stay three nights at the 4-star Lindeth Howe hotel, once owned by the writer, and enjoy two guided tours, including two lake cruises, plus time to explore independently. Traveling by mini-coach, see the region’s scenic highlights and charming towns on a Ten Lakes Spectacular tour. Then, the next day, visit the locations associated with Beatrix, including her former home, Hill Top House. Breakfasts, dinners and hotel transfers are included.


  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • All-inclusive tour
Your 4-day Beatrix Potter experience includes free time and two Lake District tours. On Day 2, ogle the scenery of the National Park on a Ten Lakes Spectacular tour showcasing ten lakes, pretty villages and the market town of Keswick. On Day 3, enjoy a half-day tour of the places linked to the writer, Beatrix Potter, including her former home of Hill Top House.

Your tour includes three nights’ accommodation at the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere set in a house once owned by Beatrix. Three breakfasts and three dinners are also included, as are transfers between the hotel and Windermere railway station or your Windermere, Bowness or Ambleside accommodation, at the start and end of your stay.

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

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Windermere railway station, or your centrally located Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside
Departure Time:
4 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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

4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Luxury mini-coach transport
  • 6.5-hour Ten Lakes Spectacular tour including a lake cruise
  • Half-day Beatrix Potter's Lakeland tour including a Lake Windermere cruise
  • Three nights of accommodation at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance fee to Hill Top House
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Maximum tour group size is 16
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair access is required.
  • Hilltop House is closed every Friday, although the gardens and shop are open
  • Not recommended for child aged 15 and under
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Check in at accommodation from 3pm
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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    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: Melinda J N, August 2015

    Chris exceptionally good guide. Beautiful country! Great food at this hotel.

    Reviewed by: Beverly W, December 2014

    This tour was amazing!