Irresistible isn’t it, that gate? I can see exactly why Peter Rabbit ducked under it! We spent an afternoon visiting Mr McGregor’s Garden at the World of Beatrix Potter, in the Lake District. It won a gold at Chelsea last year – of course.
When we visited, ironically the garden had experienced some real rabbit visitors, and as a result the tea room was out of lettuce. I kid you not.
It is actually built on a small roof terrace, overlooking a busy Lake District village street, but it is magical how they have achieved the sense of a cottage garden! I love that Mr McGregor’s tools are left as if he has just popped to the greenhouse for something.
I love the mischievous creatures hiding. Indoors there are beautiful three dimensional models inspired by Potter’s illustrations, good to see some crept outdoors.
The little blue jacket we all know so well!
With its shiny buttons.
The greenhouse looks as if someone could be working there. Like stepping into the story.
I love that mentions of plants in the books inspired the garden…
Small but perfectly formed, and full of charm and life, I am not surprised it achieved gold!
A few shots from indoors, as it is impossibly sweet and I have to share.
The model of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home, which you can also visit, with it’s own lovely little garden.
It’s an attraction you can linger in, or whizz through on route to your next adventure. I thought it was really enchanting!
More information here: World of Beatrix Potter