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.

Emma Thompson has stayed at the farm and even the Queen visited on her last trip to the Lake District.

It has also featured in various TV programmes and photo shoots.

Yet despite its glamorous status, the historical Grade II listed building is very much a working farm. Herdwick sheep and Belted Galloways are reared there and guests can even collect their own breakfast eggs from the farm chickens.

“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.