One thing the Lake District is famous for is Beatrix Potter as she moved up there and took much inspiration for her much loved Peter Rabbit books. Her house is currently owned by the National Trust and open to visit, so I decided to go and visit…
This week’s travel post is another Lake District related post! I’m not going to write a lengthy post about my visit. However, instead this post will contain lots of photos and some information about Hill Top for you.
While Greg and his Mum were sorting out some stuff and so I wouldn’t be bored sat around doing nothing, they suggested that I go visit Hill Top. I had a fifteen minute walk across country being surrounded by sheep and and farmlands before reaching the house. Hill Top is owned by the National Trust so if you are a member, you can gain entry for free but if not then you will have a fee to pay. After buying your tickets, you will be given a set time to enter the house so in the mean time, you can roam the gardens. Although these aren’t particularly big there are lots of pretty flowers to admire! If you used to read the Peter Rabbit stories, you can very much see where her influences came from by looking round the house and gardens. It gave me a sense of nostalgia of my childhood in a way. My favourite story was the one about Tom Kitten as I had the whole collection and my bedroom used to be decorated with Beatrix Potter characters. I’m pretty certain there also used to be a TV adaption of her stories, anyone else remember these?
What is Hill Top?
Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905 with the royalties from her first few books, written at her parents home in London, but inspired by her annual holiday visits to the Lake District. She visited as often as she could, but never for more than a few days at a time, sketching the house, garden, countryside and animals for her new books.
After she bought the house, she busied herself writing more books, and visiting her farm. In 1909 she bought another farm opposite Hill Top, Castle Farm, which became her main Lakeland base.
Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this little 17th century stone house. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden.
Beatrix Potter bought many pieces of land and property in and around Sawrey, including the Old Post Office, Castle Cottage and a number of small farms. In 1913, aged 47, she married William Heelis in London and moved to Lakeland, living at Castle Cottage which was bigger and more convenient than Hill Top.
There is a good example of traditional cottage garden, containing mainly old-fashioned flowers such as honeysuckle, foxgloves, sweet cicely, lupins, peonies, lavender and philadelphus. Roses grow ground the front door. Fruit still plays an important role in the garden – strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries and rhubarb.
When she died in 1943, she left Hill Top to the National Trust with the proviso that it be kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china.
Source: Visit Cumbria
Who is Beatrix Potter?
Beatrix Potter was an author who wrote the much loved childrens’ stories of Peter Rabbit. If you would like to know more about Beatrix then follow the link here.
Have you been to Hill Top or the Lake District? What did you think?
You may also enjoy:
Find me on: