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Hill Top House, Beatrix Potter's Farmhouse

Sawrey, Hawkshead LA22 0LF, England
015394 36269
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Hawkshead
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Located in England's historic Lake District, this working farm owned by Beatrix Potter was the setting for her delightful and popular series of animal... more » Owner description: Located in England's historic Lake District, this working farm owned by Beatrix Potter was the setting for her delightful and popular series of animal tales. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I wanted to visit Top Hill when we were up in the Lake District. So we made our way on foot from Hawkshead only to arrive and be told we had to wait nearly 2 hours till next available visiting time (we'd missed previous available time by only 10 minutes). There seem to be lots of tour groups already booked... More

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Bathgate
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having travelled on the ferry over to Hill Top, extremely disappointed to find it is closed on a Friday for conservation cleaning. Understand that this needs to be done at some point during the week but seems odd that the National Trust would choose to do this on Fridays especially when the summer season hasn't yet fully finished-almost seems like... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

My mum and I are enormous Beatrix Potter fans and we have been desperate to visit Hilltop. Finally we got a chance and oh, wow... so worth the wait. The house is stunningly kept EXACTLY as Beatrix wanted it, and as a result it feels even more special walking around. It's amazing to see where Beatrix drew - there are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

There are so many of Beatrix Potter's possessions on view with her books open at the page where she depicted some of these objects in her wonderful illustrations. The guides are passionate about Potter and really know their stuff. It's really worth asking them any question you may have. It's perhaps the only place where a famous person has really... More

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neston,wirral,england
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We are members of the National Trust so had free entry. We think that this property is rather expensive to visit. We did find it interesting, but only a few rooms to see & unless you area Potter fan can be done in 10 minutes, the gardens aren't much either. We much preferred Wray Castle , only a few miles... More

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a small property which was the home of Beatrix Potter. To be honest, there is not a lot to see, but if you are interested in the life of a children's writer, you should place it on your schedule of places to see. the staff were informative and we didn't have long to wait

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Devizes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We visited on a lovely September day. It was still very busy despite the schools having gone back and we had a timed ticket. There was a good explanation before we entered and then very informative guides.Lovely atmosphere and you could easily imagine Beatrix living there.

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A very small property easily accessible using the mountain goat bus service from Hawkshead which saves battling for a space in the very small car park. Nice pub next door with fab views serving good lunches.

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Nuerensdorf, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Unless you are extremely thorough with your internet research you are highly likely to arrive and find this closed. Although the National Trust webpage for September proudly displays "open everyday", Hilltop is actually closed most Fridays- this information is hidden on a further page! Moral of the story. don't trust the National Trust- they never apologise!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Loved seeing the house with all her belongings almost exactly as she left them. Getting there very early a must as it gets very busy.

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