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Potter farm is given revamp cash
Beatrix Potter
The farm was once owned by author Beatrix Potter
A Cumbrian farm once owned by children's writer Beatrix Potter is to share in a multi-million pound scheme to spruce up visitor accommodation.

Cumbria Tourism is handing out 2.4m to part-finance modernisations aimed at attracting more visitors and safeguarding leisure industry jobs.

Yew Tree Farm, near Coniston will share in first phase funding of 781,000.

In total, 17 properties are receiving grants, which have been provided in part through European regional aid.

'Top quality'

To be eligible for financial support, businesses have to be undertaking major overhauls to their accommodation, creating new jobs and increasing turnover.

Seven hotels, four B&Bs, four self-catering establishments and two pubs will get cash in the first round of funding.

Ian Stephens, chief executive of Cumbria Tourism, said: "The tourism industry today competes on a global playing field with a wide range of destinations and top quality accommodation.

"Our landscape is world class and this scheme will help ensure we have the accommodation to match it."

The farm featured in the film Miss Potter about the author's life.


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