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Notice: **Hill Top house is now closed for winter conservation work. It will open again on 14 February 2015. The shop and garden are open every day until Christmas Eve, free entry.**
Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life
Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'.
The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.
Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house.
Please note: tickets cannot be booked in advance and early sell-outs are possible.
Putting the house to bed
Every year Hill Top house and all the contents are painstakingly packed away for winter cleaning and conservation, see what goes on in this video.