A BID has been launched to get more people to book stays in a farmhouse once owned by Beatrix Potter.
Yew Tree Farm at Coniston was once owned by Beatrix Potter and is one of the most famous farmhouse’s in the Lake District.
The property was left to the National Trust by the children’s author following her death.
But the trust’s letting agents, Heart of the Lakes, say many people don’t realise it can be rented for holidays.
Yew Tree Farm was used as her home in the film ‘Miss Potter’ starring René Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
The three-bedroomed property, which dates back to the early 17th century and still features some of Beatrix Potter’s own antique furniture, has been visited by many celebrities over the years.
“Yew Tree Farm is one of the most famous buildings in the Lake District, but many people booking to stay in the national park don’t actually realise that it’s available for rent,” said Sue Jackson, owner of the Heart of the Lakes cottage letting agency. “It’s the most wonderful property and just oozes history and character, so we are thrilled to be able to offer guests the opportunity to stay here.”
For further information on booking ‘Yew Tree Farm’ visit www.heartofthelakes.co.uk or call 015394 32321.
Readers are being encouraged to #PackAPuffin this summer, with a series of postcards, giveaways, and a seaside holiday competition shared on Twitter.
And booklovers will be challenged to share photos or film their ideal packing list (possibly for their dream location), with their favourite Puffin book to top it off.
A Puffin Book Collection, 2015
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Bogwoppit by Ursula Moray Williams
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
Clever Polly & Stupid Wolf/Polly & the Wolf Again by Catherine Storr
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease
Emil & the Detectives by Erich Kastner
The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff
Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
Sounder by William H Armstrong
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter
The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll by Edward and Aingelda Ardizzone
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai
Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
I stumbled on this video on the National Trust website – TV producer, Stephen Moss, explaining why he believes children need outdoor play.
It has had only a little over 1000 views in a year and deserves wider broadcast.
UK Education secretary Michael Gove calls for longer days, shorter holidays:
Mr Gove said he wanted to see schools introduce a longer day for pupils, suggesting that some are already “recognising that we need to change the structure of the school term and in particular that it is poorer children that lose out from longer holidays.”
“If we look at the length of the school day in England, the length of the summer holiday and we compare it to the extra tuition and support children are receiving elsewhere then we are fighting, or running, in this global race in a way which ensures we already start with a significant handicap,” he said.
“It is also the case that some of the best schools in the country are moving to a longer school day as well.”