Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top house, the Lakes: ‘It feels like a game of Potter I-spy’ – review

Delve into the world of natural wonders that inspired the author and explore her home on a Lake District family day out

This 17th-century farmhouse in the village of Near Sawrey is where Potter lived, wrote and based many of her best-loved stories. “Hill Top is to be presented to my visitors,” she stated [to the National Trust] in her will, “as if I had just gone out and they had just missed me.” Children are greeted at the door with a bookmarked copy of The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and encouraged to spot the things in its illustrations: grandfather clock, Welsh dresser, Oriental rug … but the whole village is like a game of Potter I-spy, from the dolls’ house in The Tale of Two Bad Mice to the rhubarb patch where Jemima Puddle-Duck hid her eggs.

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