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. 15th May 2014 / 12:36 pm

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

  2. 15th May 2014 / 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. 15th May 2014 / 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 🙂

  4. 16th May 2014 / 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

  5. 16th May 2014 / 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

  6. 16th May 2014 / 8:50 pm

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

  7. 17th May 2014 / 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.

  8. 17th May 2014 / 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

  9. 17th May 2014 / 12:23 pm

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

  10. 17th May 2014 / 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.

  11. 17th May 2014 / 6:34 pm

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

  12. 17th May 2014 / 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.

  13. 18th May 2014 / 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

  14. 18th May 2014 / 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

  15. 18th May 2014 / 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

  16. 20th May 2014 / 2:28 pm

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

  17. 20th May 2014 / 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. 🙂

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