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Explore inside and enjoy all its lovely things

Enjoy Beatrix Potter's lovely things

Enjoy Beatrix Potter's lovely things

Visiting Hill Top house, means you can enjoy Beatrix Potter's own special things as you walk in her footsteps.

The house also helped inspire many of Beatrix Potter's tales and when she left Hill Top to the National Trust she gave us instructions about how it should be shown. So what you see when you visit is the 'real thing'; Beatrix Potter's Hill Top as she knew it.

Inspiration inside the house

See the Dolls' House for yourself

Beatrix took inspiration for her tales from her surroundings, the rooms and their contents.

She conjured up a story using the dolls house for The Tale of Two Bad Mice; see it amongst her 'Treasures'.

An 'alternative' guidebook

Fans of Sam Whiskers know what's missing from this picture - do you?

Fans of Sam Whiskers know what's missing from this picture - do you?

This is not a conventional guidebook although its author was very knowledgeable indeed about the house. How can we be sure? Because the author is Beatrix Potter herself and the guidebook is 'The Tale of Samuel Whiskers'.

This wonderful tale is set inside Hill Top house and the children love to be able to match up the drawings with the rooms and furniture. So alongside our conventional guide book on the rooms and their contents why not treat yourself to a copy of our 'alternative guidebook' available from the Hill Top shop.

A place to imagine Beatrix at work

Beatrix Potter's writing desk in the New Room.

It's great to imagine her sitting there, composing letters to friends and family and working on ideas for her stories.

Hill Top and Beatrix Potter

Beatrix purchased Hill Top in 1905. It remained a working farm during her lifetime (and still is today).

Hill Top was one of 15 Lake District farms she left to the National Trust on her death in 1943.

Know your Beatrix Potter characters?

Peter was of course a rabbit, but here are five more characters from Beatrix Potter's stories. Do you know what creatures these were:

  • Old Brown
  • Hunca Munca
  • Chippy Hackee
  • Mr Jackson
  • Pickles

Who lived in a house like this?

Where are the residents?

Which Beatrix Potter characters lived at Hill Top?

  • Tom Kitten and his family
  • Jemima Puddle-Duck
  • Samuel and Anna Maria Whiskers

and Pigling Bland and his brother Alexander set off to market from Hill Top farm.

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