A holiday home rented by Beatrix Potter’s family has been awarded Grade II status, due to its strong connection with the world famous children’s author.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport also granted ‘Lingholm’ the coveted grade because of its architectural interest. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who is best known as the architect of the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.

While the building is of great national interest, it is still privately owned and cannot be visited by the public.

Lingholm was built between 1871 and 1875 and was used during the summer holidays by Potter’s family. In later life Potter purchased and lived in a number of farm houses around the Lake District – where she became a breeder of Herdwick sheep.

For any of our holiday home insurance customers with a love of the Lake District, Lingholm might well be a dream holiday home, particularly as the building edges Derwentwater. This lake featured in a Squirrel Nutkins tale, in which he sailed across the stretch of water in order to gather nuts on one of its islands.

Beatrix Potter wrote numerous stories, including the Tales of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the beauty of the British countryside and rural life. Potter was responsible for the watercolour illustrations as well as the stories themselves, which are among the most famous children’s tales in the world.

The owners of Lingholm may find the value of their property has risen substantially on news of the Grade II listing.

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