Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905 with the royalties from her first few books, written at her parents home in London, but inspired by her annual holiday visits to the Lake District.  She visited as often as she could, but never for more than a few days at a time, sketching the house, garden, countryside and animals for her new books.

It enjoys the finest lake and mountain views in England and there is no other house in the district with such a diversity of cultural associations.  The home of John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900, Brantwood became an intellectual powerhouse and one of the greatest literary and artistic centres in Europe.


A picturesque stone village, founded in the 10th century by a Viking Haakr, hence Hawkeshead. To keep the character of the village, cars are effectively banned.  You park outside and walk in. There are of course the Wordsworth connections . He went to the Grammar School (founded 1585) from 1779 to 1787.  The famous Tarn Hows beauty spot is two miles north west (follow signs on B5285)

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