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Hill Top Farm (Beatrix Potter’s Abode)

Following on from yesterday’s post about our journey to Hill Top Farm… here is Hill Top Farm!

Beatrix Potter left Hill Top Farm to the National Trust in her will, and directed exactly how she wanted everything to be displayed in her house; from books left open on precise pages to show where she found her inspiration within the house, to paintings and illustrations by other family members. It was truly inspiring, and I found myself getting rather emotional! Sadly, photos inside the house aren’t allowed, but I took plenty outside.

This is the beautiful path up to the house. The flowers were blooming and the bees buzzing.

Busby and Nick wandering up the garden path. Busby loved stroking all of the flowers, and attempted to climb into a fair few flowerbeds…
I loved that you could wander into Mr McGregor’s Garden, which is adjacent to the house.

Still in Mr McGregor’s Garden!

There was a field of lambs next to the gardens – Busby had great fun watching them.
The bench outside Beatrix’s house.

Exploring the garden.

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Still exploring!

We had such a wonderful time at Hill Top Farm. The staff inside the house are incredibly knowledgable and very friendly, and the lengths they go to to preserve all of her items and her house are admirable.

I would definitely recommend that you do the walk there and back if you’re planning a visit. I forgot to say yesterday that The Cuckoo Brow Inn does good food, and is en route to Hill Top Farm, so would recommend a lunch stop there!

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  1. Donna

    15th May 2014 at 12:36 pm

    So, so jealous!! That house is idylic, and the garden! You can just imagine Peter Rabbit bobbing about x

  2. Elizabeth Holdsworth

    15th May 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely photos – I’d love to visit Mr McGregor’s garden! It’s definitely on the To Visit wish list now…

  3. Eco Gites of Lénault

    15th May 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Oh I am sure I saw Peter Rabbit on one of your photos!!!

  4. emmasouthlondon

    15th May 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Gosh Hill Top Farm does indeed look totally idyllic – and your from your photos, your day was pretty idyllic too!
    A visit is now on my ‘To Do’ list – one day!
    Emma 🙂

  5. Mammasaurus

    16th May 2014 at 9:07 am

    I NEEEEED to go here it looks awesome! Oh my to actually be in Mr McGregor’s garden – Beatrix Potter superfan? Me? you bet you sweet cheeks!
    Such an inspiring looking place – thanks for sharing x

  6. Cheryl

    16th May 2014 at 9:11 am

    I haven’t been to Hill Top since I was a child. It’s on my list to take the children. My gardening ambitions can probably be traced back to there. #HDYGG

  7. Katie

    16th May 2014 at 8:50 pm

    The watering can and the spade handle are amazing! Straight from childhood bedtime story time!

  8. Dean of Little Steps

    17th May 2014 at 8:23 am

    We took our little one to Beatrix Potter’s house too when she just turned one. Lovely place! Loved the rabbits especially. Must visit again, especially since she’s three now and loves rabbits. Your little one is so adorable btw! 🙂 #CountryKids.

  9. Debra Carr

    17th May 2014 at 9:30 am

    This is such a special place, would love to go one day. It amazing how incredibly perfect they have kept everything #countrykids

  10. Paris Anderson

    17th May 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Oh what a fun trip! I love the touches from her stories. I would love to visit! #countrykids

  11. Coombe Mill

    17th May 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Such a magical place and wonderful to visit, as you say very inspiring! Lovely photos of Busby enjoying the beautiful gardens and the sunshine, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  12. Ruth

    17th May 2014 at 6:34 pm

    AH I love Hill Top, it’s beautiful. Lovely pictures that you’ve taken there 🙂 #countrykids

  13. greatbritishfamily

    17th May 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos of such a lovely place. Mr McGregor’s Garden takes me straight back to my childhood. Looks exactly as it should.

  14. The Reading Residence

    18th May 2014 at 8:04 am

    Oh, it looks so beautiful there, and that’s without seeing the inside! A wonderful place packed full of charm and history, I can imagine. Lovely photos x #CountryKids

  15. pixiedusk

    18th May 2014 at 8:55 am

    Her house is so.. amazing and magical! I wish we can visit this place cuz my son loves Peter Rabbit and its nice to see the place where she lived =) #countrykids

  16. Hook, Line and Sink Her

    18th May 2014 at 7:52 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I love that she dictated the decor from beyond the grave; I would probably be equally controlling if I knew my house would be open to the public after I died. “Make sure there are always at least six empty M&M packets in the bin, or it won’t be a genuine representation!” xxx

  17. Shay Noble

    20th May 2014 at 2:28 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit, I love Mr McGregor’s garden! x

  18. Monika

    20th May 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Oh wow! This looks like a wonderful place.

    With no internal pictures and such a tempting description, we just have to add this to our NT bucket list. 🙂

  19. Danielle A

    21st May 2014 at 8:05 am

    Looks a beautiful place x

  20. You Baby Me Mummy

    21st May 2014 at 4:20 pm

    That looks amazing and I love the last picture of Busby xx

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