Children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), most famous for her Peter Rabbit stories, called this place home. The house looks much the same as when Potter bequeathed it to the National Trust, and fans will recognize details such as the porch and garden gate, old kitchen range, Victorian dollhouse, and four-poster bed, which were depicted in the book illustrations. Admission to this often-crowded spot is by timed ticket; book in advance and avoid
summer weekends and school vacations. Hill Top lies 2 miles south of Hawkshead by car or foot, though you can also approach via the car ferry from Bowness-on-Windermere.
Off B5285, Near Sawrey, LA22 0LF, England
May 30, 2003
This is a great English experience. Not commercial (there's a gift shop, but it's tasteful), just Beatrix's home in the countryside. It has no electricity, so you view it as it looked to her when she lived there. Cloudy day (as when we were there), it's dark inside! All her furniture there. Some places in the house are illustrated in her books, and the illustration is posted so you can compare. Peter Rabbits's garden is there, too. The best thing
is watching the English kids there. They know their Potter stories. The tour guides will prompt the kids, and they will answer with what happened next to Timothy Tittmouse (or whoever). Charming to see. Just down the hill (in town) is the house B moved to when she married. Walk downthere and takd a look (but it's lived in). Have tea in town, too. All part of the wonderful experience.