Beatrix's Hill Top House

Hill Top helped inspire many of Beatrix Potter's tales and when she left the house 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.

Hill Top was such a special place for Beatrix Potter; if gave her sanctuary, refuge and inspiration. Here she felt at her most true self and found new levels of creativity.

" It is here that I go to be quiet and still with myself."

The eight years she spent moving back and forth between her family home in London and her new home at Hill Top, were her most productive time in terms of creating her little tales. 

She took inspiration for her tales from her surroundings, the rooms and their contents. She conjured up a story using the doll’s house for The Tale of Two Bad Mice; find it amongst her favourite things in the Treasure Room, upstairs in the house.

Many of the items in the dolls house feature in the illustrations of the 'Tale of Two Bad Mice'
Inside the dolls house at Hill Top
Many of the items in the dolls house feature in the illustrations of the 'Tale of Two Bad Mice'

An 'alternative' guidebook

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 guidebook on the rooms and their contents, why not treat yourself to a copy of our 'alternative guidebook', available from the Hill Top shop?

Hill Top and Beatrix Potter

Beatrix purchased Hill Top in 1905 and 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.

Do you 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 kind of animals these were?

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

Which Beatrix Potter characters lived at Hill Top?

  • Tom Kitten and his family
  • Jemima Puddle-Duck
  • Samuel and Anna Maria Whiskers
  • Pigling Bland and his brother Alexander set off to market from Hill Top farm.