Near Sawrey and Hill Top, Lancashire, England

The attractive village of Near Sawrey is situated two miles from Hawkshead down the eastern side of Esthwaite Water, overlooked by the woods and tarns of Claife Heights. There are two seperate hamlets – Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey, both a cluster of pictureque cottages, tea rooms and pubs.

I reached Near Sawrey through Hawkshead at 2:45. The village which Beatrix Potter had loved is really clean and pure.

Near Sawrey Near SawreyNear SawreyNear Sawrey  Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, a 17th century farmhouse which was the home of Beatrix Potter.

Hill Top

Beatrix wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this little house. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden.

This is the flagstone path going to Hill Top House.

Path Going to Hill Top House

Hill Top House

Hill Top House

The ParlourThe Parlour

The doll’s house in the Treasure Room

The doll's house in the Treasure Room

The Garden Gate

Hill Top Garden Gate

Hill Top Garden

Hill Top Garden

British children’s book author and illustrator. Best known for her character Peter Rabbit. She drew watercolor illustrations, usually of farmyard animals. She kept a diary from age fifteen onwards, writing in a secret code that was only cracked fifteen years after her death. She was engaged to publisher Frederick Warne’s son Norman in 1905, but he died from leukemia a month after proposing. After her marriage to William Heelis in 1913, her writing declined in frequency, especially as her eyesight worsened. She spent the last thirty years of her life raising sheep. Potter left most of her property to the British National Trust, which created the Lake District National Park. A British icon, her illustrations adorn lines of children’s clothing, dishes, sterling, collectible figurines; her books have been made into cartoons.

Helen Beatrix Potter’s Photographs


I have read her biography and respect her. I was very impressed to visit this house. I did not forget to contribute some money to the National Trust.

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