Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top home, the Lakes: ‘It feels like a game of Potter I-spy’ – assessment | Travel

In a nutshell

This 17th-century farmhouse within the village of Near Sawrey is the place Potter lived, wrote and based mostly lots of her best-loved tales. “Hill Top is to be presented to my visitors,” she acknowledged [to the National Trust] in her will, “as if I had just gone out and they had just missed me.” Children are greeted on the door with a bookmarked copy of The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and inspired to identify the issues in its illustrations: grandfather clock, Welsh dresser, Oriental rug … however the entire village is sort of a game of Potter I-spy, from the dolls’ home in The Tale of Two Bad Mice to the rhubarb patch the place Jemima Puddle-Duck hid her eggs.

Fun reality

Potter had a horrible downside with rats (they had been the inspiration for Samuel Whiskers) when she first moved to the home. She counted 96 in her first two years. Look for the holes within the doorways and flooring.

Visitors at Hill Top. The home was owned by Beatrix Potter from 1905 till her loss of life in 1943. Photograph: Arnhel de Serra/National Trust

Best factor about it

The journey of getting there. It’s potential to drive straight to the home however it’s extra enjoyable to take the chain ferry throughout Windermere as a foot passenger (50p every means) and comply with the twisty two-mile path by means of the woods, previous Hug a Tree and different quirky indicators, throughout the fields, up nation lanes and alongside a brook. The signposts in Japanese (20% of holiday makers are from Japan) and the discover on the ferry advising that changeable climate generally makes a return journey unattainable add curiosity to it.

What about lunch?

In the village, the Tower Bank Arms (featured in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck) serves pub lunches from £5-£10, Sawrey House Hotel does sandwiches and meals (£7-£14) and Belle Green B&B has cheese on crumpets (£three) and desserts. There are two meals stalls close to the ferry jetty at Bowness and Café within the Courtyard (soup, toasties and pies £Four-£7) is on the far shore. There’s extra pub grub (£5-£13) on the Cuckoo Brow Inn midway up the path to the home.

Exit by means of the reward store?

You cross it on the way in which out and in, however it’s small and relatively elegant, with charming Peter Rabbit ceramics, books, comfortable toys, notebooks and pencils.

Young boy looks at Peter Rabbit books for sale in the Hill Top gift shop, in the Lake District.

Young boy seems at Peter Rabbit books on the market within the Hill Top reward store. Photograph: Paul Harris/National Trust

Opening hours

10am-Four.30pm mid-February to the top of October. Closed Fridays. A timed-entry ticket system prevents overcrowding however in the summertime it’s finest to get there early.

Getting there

Ferry from Bowness (15-minute journey each 40 minutes) on foot or with the automotive (lengthy wait in the summertime) after which stroll, drive or catch the Mountain Goat minibus (late March-late October). Alternatively, drive (B5286, B5285) from Ambleside. There’s a bus to the ferry jetty from Windermere station, two miles away.

Value for cash

Good. If you’re taking the ferry on foot and a picnic (Claife viewing station on the far shore has panoramic views) you’ve bought a complete day trip. Adult £10.90, youngster £5.45, household £27.25.




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