Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905, having fallen in love with the Lake District and the surrounding area. Over the next few years she spent as much time as possible at Hill Top, gaining inspiration for her stories from the farmhouse and the local villages.
It became the setting for some of her Original Tales, such as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (1908), for which she used exterior and interior views of Hill Top in her illustrations.
Tom Kitten had earlier appeared in his own story The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907), playing in the garden with his sisters and climbing on to the wall. All of these scenes and more can still be recognized today.
Beatrix Potter actively supported the National Trust for much of her life and bequeathed Hill Top and her surrounding land to the Trust upon her death. In 1946 the Trust opened Hill Top to the public, and since then this beautiful farmhouse has become increasingly popular with visitors from the world over. By now almost three million pairs of feet have walked through the six rooms.
You can also keep up to date with all the work in and around Hill Top and the Beatrix Potter Gallery with the National Trust's weekly blog.
Near Sawrey, Hawkshead
Tel: (015394) 36269
Fax: (015394) 36118
Visit the National Trust's Hill Top website
Hill Top, photograph courtesy of the National Trust