29th May 2010 – Day 6 of roadtrip
Today we visited what was once the home of Beatrix Potter, the Hill Top Farm in Lake District. Did you know that Beatrix Potter became incredibly rich through her children’s books? She owned 4000 acres of land in Lake District which was given to National Trust when she died. Well so how large is 4000 acres? It is about 16 square kilometers. Singapore is only about 50km east-west and 25km north-south. For fellow Singaporeans, 4000 acres could be about the size of several housing estates.
Beatrix Potter stayed here for many years and wrote many of her books here. Many of the nearby houses were featured in her drawings as she drew inspiration from her surroundings. Hill Top was given to National Trust by Beatrix Potter when she died in 1943 and everything inside belonged to her. The house and its furnishings are all immaculately preserved. It is as if the cottage is frozen in time and Beatrix Potter had just stepped out.
Entry is by timed ticket meaning you will be given a ticket with a specific entry time. Since the house is quite small, National Trust only allows a very limited number at a single time. The car park is also quite small, so you may want to ask your companion to get a ticket for the house while waiting for an available lot.
As in most National Trust’s properties, it is better to do some reading and research before visiting. If you do so, your visit will be more rewarding. The lack of educational material onsite will leave an unprepared visitor uninterested or even lost. Even though National Trust sells guidebooks, most visitors will probably not buy them. More so if you visit a lot of NT’s properties and you probably not want to end up with a stack of guidebooks.
Globenomads review ratings: 3/5
Even though it may be considered a literacy shrine by many of her readers, it is probably very difficult to have any insights into her life without some substantial research before visiting.
(please refer to ratings explanation)
National Trust property
Admission: adult £6.50, child £3.10, family £16, NT members free
Parking free, no photography inside the house
View Beatrix Potter Hill Top in a larger map
Anvil Cottage – “The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan”
Ginger and Pickles Shop – “The Tale of Ginger and Pickles”
Post Box – “Peter Rabbit’s Almanac”
Tower Bank Arms – “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck”
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter House