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Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm
Hill Top Farm
Hill Top Farm is exactly as Beatrix left it.
Hill Top Farm near Sawrey is one of the National Trust's Cumbrian treasures.

The Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness on Windermere draws visitors from all over the world - we went along to find out more.

Read more about Beatrix Potter's life in Cumbria.

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A visitor to Antiques Roadshow was told his collection of Beatrix Potter artwork is valued at £250,000!


For opening times, prices, public transport information and advice for visitors with disabilities - click here.

Peter Rabbit
The official site for the characters. Great for kids.

Hop Skip Jump
The website for the World of Beatrix Potter Atrraction.

Beatrix Potter
More about the author and her life in Cumbria.

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Beatrix Potter was born in London but visited Cumbria for holidays as a child.

She bought land in the Lake District and kept Herdwick sheep.

One of the first people to buy The Tale of Peter Rabbit was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes!

After her death, she donated14 farms, 4000 acres of land and her sheep to the National Trust.

She is quoted as saying, "Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality."

In 2001, it was discovered that Potter may have taken the characters names from people buried in a cemetery in London. Names on headstones included Mr Nutkin, Mr McGregor, Jeremiah Fisher, Tommy Brock - and even a Peter Rabbett!

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Beatrix Potter bought the farm in 1903 with money from the sale of her first books. Hill Top was her first property in Cumbria. She didn't live in it - preferring to live in London with her parents until she married.

However, Beatrix spent several months a year at the farm during which she wrote many more books. Several well known characters 'lived' at Hill Top - Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers.

Peter Rabbit drops his stolen vegetables.
Peter Rabbit

In 1909, she moved to the larger Castle Farm nearby. She kept both farms working and slowly built up her estate to include 14 farms and 4000 acres.

Although she never lived there full-time, Beatrix filled the cottage at Hill Top Farm with furniture and ornaments.

After her death in 1943, Beatrix Potter's first farm was preserved exactly as she left it.

The National Trust maintain the cottage and gardens as well as taking care of her furniture and china.

Hill Top receives hundreds of visitors every day but a control system makes sure it's never crowded. The best times to visit are outside the main tourist season (Easter to October) or on week days instead of weekends.

Tommy Brock
Tommy Brock

Contact details:
Hill Top Farm
LA22 0LF
Tel: 015394 36269

Frederick Warne & Co. is the owner of all copyrights and trademarks of the Beatrix Potter characters, names and illustrations.

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