It's this Easter’s blockbuster movie for which thousands of Beatrix Potter fans (young and old) will flock to the cinemas to enjoy. Peter Rabbit hits the big screens in the UK on 16 March when the loveable hero who has captivated generations of readers receives the Hollywood treatment.
The inspiration behind the Lagomorpha legend is firmly rooted in rural Perthshire and it’s well known that Peter’s creator Beatrix Potter spent many holidays at Dalguise near Dunkeld. While there she sketched and explored the area which cultivated her imagination and her observation.
Her interest deepened in the natural world after meeting local man Charles McIntosh, a revered naturalist, amateur mycologist, musician and the local postman. He met Beatrix during a summer break in Perthshire in 1892 and became her mentor not least because they both shared a keen interest in fungi. During her trips North she developed a love of landscape, flora, and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted and which led to her self-published children's book ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. The book’s character of Mr McGregor the gardener bears a striking resemblance to McIntosh.
McIntosh was born in Inver near Dunkeld in 1839. There is a memorial stone in Little Dunkeld Kirkyard and the house in which he was born (Inverbraan Cottage) bears a plaque noting his achievements. Bidwells property consultants is delighted to now bring this charming cottage to the market.
The three-bedroomed, two-storey dwelling in the small hamlet is the perfect bolt hole with easy access to the beautiful surrounding countryside where one can imagine Beatrix walked and painted and extracted inspiration for her cherished works.
This cottage is quite unique in its history and connection with Beatrix Potter and bears the plaque to confirm that the naturalist and musician Charles McIntosh was born here. The property itself is quintessentially Highland Perthshire and is situated in the small hamlet of Inver at the confluence of the rivers Braan and Tay. I would like to think that lots of interesting conversations between Beatrix and Charles about the local flora and fauna took place here and there’s certainly lots of beautiful countryside to explore in the vicinity.
Offers over £160,000 are being sought for this unique dwelling which is one of four traditional Highland Perthshire houses currently being brought to the market by Bidwells.
For more information, contact Rebecca Boswell on 01738 230150.