April 23, 2011

Beatrix Potter's Cottage

Hilltop was one of the homes of children's author, Beatrix Potter. As requested in her will, the interior has been left as if she had just “gone out to the post" with a fire burning in the hearth, and cups and saucers at the ready for visitors. It’s a time capsule of Beatrix Potter’s full life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'. The lovely cottage garden is a delightful tumbledown mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905 with the royalties from her first few books. She wrote her early books from her parents home in London, but they were inspired by her annual holiday visits to England’s Lake District.  Although almost forty, she could not stay in her beloved new home because she was expected to take care of her parents in London. She visited it whenever she could. After her marriage to William Heelis in 1913 she was able to settle in the Lake District permanently. Beatrix wrote many of her famous children's stories in the small 17th century stone house. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden.

Eventually Beatrix  went on to own 15 farms and over 4,000 acres of land in the area. Beatrix loved animals and went on to be a farmer and a well-known breeder of sheep.

Hill Top
Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF
Telephone: 015394 36269 Fax: 015394 36811 Email: hilltop@nationaltrust.org.uk

top image: geograph.uk 
2nd image: Stephen Robson for the National Trust Properties
3rd. The World of Peter Rabbit, Frederick Warne and Co. Copyright 2002


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

It is now some forty or so years since we visited Hilltop so this post has brought back long forgotten memories.

Beatrix Potter was an extraordinary person and it says much of her talent as a writer that her books for children remain in print today and are, as far as is possible to gather, as popular as ever.

Sadly, we could not get the video to work for us for some reason.

Liza B. Gonzalez said...

She is a woman to be admired.

Hels said...

A house is not just a house for a literary giant... it is the background of many of their stories. I loved Potter's cottage.. it explained so much about her thinking.

Ima Wizer said...

This is so wonderful! Thank you for showing us where she lived....I wish I lived there!!!

Diane said...

I liked the movie biography of her life. Rene Z. did such a fine job of portraying Beatrice' quirky character. She was a true latebloomer!

Kate Hanley said...

Thanks for sharing. I didn't know much about Beatrix Potter's life although I enjoyed her books. It's fun learning stuff about the author.

Giulia said...

Always happy to see a post on Beatrix:)