Sunday, 12 July 2009

Hill Top

Hill TopThe garden at Hill Top is surely one of the best loved and well known in the Lake District. Generations of children throughout the world have grown up with the tales of Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Pigling Bland- set here in the house and garden Beatrix Potter bought with the help of her most famous character of all - Peter Rabbit.

This is a small corner of Lakeland set as it was a century ago. It feeds a sense of nostalgia in us all that craves for simpler times and a slower pace of life, when horse and trap would have been the fastest form of transport and good food was grown at home.

The garden at Hill Top is atmospheric and entirely charming. The narrow walk up to the house is lined with a jumble of old cottage garden favourites all jostling for space- yellow loostrife and lady’s mantle, sweet peas and soapwort, foxgloves, cranesbills and evening primrose.   All are backed by old roses tumbling down over trellis- it paints a magical picture.

In front of the house, through the old gate, lies the small square kitchen garden. Enclosed and sheltered by walls to keep the predations of Peter Rabbit’s friends at bay, it is still laid out as the author had it... Rows of beans and onions, a plot of potatoes, scarlet runners up poles, and a rhubarb patch where you might just catch a glimpse of Jemima Puddleduck’s egg!

Discover for yourself the timeless pleasures of a house and garden that inspired books which have delighted millions, and share in Beatrix Potters legacy- the National Trust, protector of all that is best in the Lakeland landscape she loved.

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