History of The Estate & The House

Unlike many places in the Lake District, Lingholm is very much still a hidden treasure and even though we have plans to upgrade and add to the holiday accommodation, we feel that it’s important to keep the tranquil feel of the estate.

Lingholm was built in the 1870s by Alfred Waterhouse, one of the Victorian era’s most renowned and prolific architects who famously built the Natural History Museum in London and Manchester Town Hall. The house was commissioned by Colonel J F Greenall of the Greenall brewing family and as the family’s weekend retreat, it was then purchased by the first Lord Rochdale in the 1880s and remained in the ownership of the family until September 2013.

During the 1890s, Lingholm was frequently let as a fully furnished summer house. Between 1885 and 1907 the author and illustrator Beatrix Potter spent nine summers at Lingholm, often with her family and friends, walking, writing and sketching in the woodland and grounds. The woods of the Lingholm Estate, with its population of red squirrels, were the direct inspiration for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and the source of many of its illustrations, many of which can still be recognised today.

Beatrix Potter also made several sketches of what was then the extensive kitchen garden at Lingholm and was the direct inspiration for Mr. Mcgregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Views from the lake shore also feature heavily in her Derwentwater Sketchbook and several of her most famous characters including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Benjamin Bunny were inspired and illustrated during her time spent walking in the nearby Newlands Valley.

As a result of Lingholm’s Beatrix Potter connection and the unique design by a well respected architect Alfred Waterhouse, Lingholm was given Grade II historic listing by English Heritage in 2013.