Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

As the children’s author and illustrator’s 150th birthday is celebrated in 2016, explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

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Idyllically located, it’s easy to see why much-loved artist, storyteller, farmer and conservationist Beatrix Potter loved her home in the Lake District so much.

The creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit celebrated the British landscape and country life in her wonderful books, whose illustrations invite young and old alike to enter a charmingly quaint world. Now you really can: visit Hill Top, the first property Potter bought, which served as her haven and holiday retreat. Managed by the National Trust, the house is presented as though its owner had just popped out, and every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'.

Potter is credited with preserving much of the land that now forms the beautiful Lake District National Park in northwestern England, where Hill Top is situated. Go there by car, bus, bicycle or even ferry from Windermere. Windermere is 3 hours from London by train.

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