Inside Beatrix Potter's Hill Top

Fire in the kitchen range at Hill Top house, Cumbria

Welcome to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s holiday home, sanctuary and studio. This cosy converted 17th century Lakeland farmhouse is filled with Beatrix’s belongings, and it inspired many of her famous stories. Book your ticket to guarantee entry.

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top

Beatrix Potter purchased Hill Top Farm in 1905, with the profits from her first illustrated books, including the Tale of Peter Rabbit. She extended the old farmhouse, and enjoyed furnishing it with well-chosen antiques. For Beatrix, Hill Top provided a refuge away from London, and became a place of independence and inspiration. 

Get close to Beatrix

As soon as you step inside Hill Top, you’re surrounded by Beatrix Potter's own belongings and items she carefully chose to leave here, bringing her personality to life in each room, cupboard and with each piece of furniture.    

Over the years Beatrix added touches of luxury to Hill Top – look out for the marble fireplaces and fine china. She also displayed personal items, including gifts from friends and family. The plates on the kitchen wall were painted by Beatrix’s father Rupert Potter, and her brother Bertram created the large paintings in the New Room.   

The Treasure Room at the top of the stairs includes a display of Beatrix’s most precious things, including miniature dolls’ house food she painted for The Tale of Two Bad Mice, and was a gift from her late fiancé Norman Warne.   

Inspired by Hill Top  

The interiors of Hill Top feature in many of Beatrix’s little books after 1905. In The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907) it is home to Tabitha Twitchit and her three mischievous kittens, Moppet, Mittens and Tom. In The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (1908), Tom Kitten is captured by rats who scamper up Hill Top’s staircase. Visitors can enjoy matching up illustrations to real scenes which can still be spotted throughout the house today.   

At home in the Lakes 

In 1913, Beatrix Potter married William Heelis, and moved to nearby Castle Cottage. However, she kept Hill Top as a place to work, to entertain guests, and to display her collections.  When she died in 1943 she left Hill Top and its contents to the National Trust and it was her wish that it be made open to the public. 

Hill Top remained a working farm during Beatrix Potter’s lifetime as it is today. It’s a magical place and it pays to stop and consider the small things as you make your way around. 

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

Visiting Hill Top