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Hill Top
 
Hill Top is now OPEN
Hill Top [The pictures are Credited and are the Copyright of the National Trust and reproduced with Permission].HILL TOP was purchased by Beatrix Potter with the earnings from her first book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and also from a small legacy in 1905.

Hill Top [The pictures are Credited and are the Copyright of the National Trust and reproduced with Permission]. The next eight years she tried to spend as much time as possible at Hill Top a 17th-century farm-house adding her favourite items of furnishings and at the same time gaining fresh ideas for many of her best loved children's stories from the old farmhouse, the countryside, animals and the various items that could be found.

The pictures she painted for the tales of Jemima Puddle Duck, Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers all show pictures of Hill Top and also her other classic tales also feature paintings from Sawrey and the areas nearby.

When Beatrix Potter married William Heelis in 1913 who was a solicitor with offices in Hawkshead moved into a cottage called Castle Cottage and Hill Top then became her studio, study and a place to relax.

Inside Hill Top [The pictures are Credited and are the Copyright of the National Trust and reproduced with Permission]. Known now as Mrs Heelis woman farmer, she began to devote more time to the sheep, farming and purchasing more farms with most of the farms being close to Sawrey. While doing this she was working closely with the National Trust and Cannon H. Rawnsley a good friend whom was one of the co. founders of the National Trust.

When Beatrix Potter died in 1943 she lefted all her farms to the Trust so that they could benefit the people from around the world and also being preserved. Beatrix did stipulate that Hill Top should never be lived in again and that the house remained as it was along with the furnishings being untouched as they had been during her life.

Afterwards you can visit the shop to purchase or browse the Beatrix Potter gifts that are available, take in a meal or a drink at the Tower Bank Arms.

Inside Hill Top"Teatime at Hill Top" by Stephen Darbishire
The pictures are Credited and are the Copyright of the National Trust and reproduced with Permission.
HILL TOP

Tel: 015394 36269 :

Location is Near Sawrey close to Hawkshead.

Opened Daily between 31st March to 31st October: daily except Thursday & Friday [open Good Friday].
March to May 11.00am-4.30pm; June to August 10.30am-5.00pm; September & October 11.00am-4.30pm [last admission 30 minutes before closing].


Hill Top is a very small house and a timed entry system is operated and visitors may have to wait to enter. Bookings By Telephone Guarantees Entry
 
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