Hill Top, Hawkshead

A 17th-century house, once the home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

Hill Top is Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life and her spirited home. Packed full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix has just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’. As you stroll up the garden path, imagine a playful Tom Kitten or Jemima Puddleduck hunting for a place to lay her eggs.

The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables and there’s a working farm night door. You will see why she loved it so much and used it, and the surrounding countryside, as inspiration for many of her famous children’s tales.