In the Chinese Zodiac this year is the year of the Monkey but for the Lake District it is the year of Beatrix Potter.
150 years ago this year, one of England’s most famous writers, illustrators and naturalists was born. Her love of the Lake District eventually brought her to live in the region and so the famous tales an stories were began with the delightful and enticing characters she created in connection with the landscape and her beloved gardens at Hill Top, her home.
The National Trust now own and manage Hill Top and it is now open for the 2016 season welcoming visitors from all over the world. With news of this 150 year mile stone being published across Europe to Japan, Australia and the USA, the tiny villages of Near and Far Sawrey where Hill Top is located will be firmly on the international map.
There will be one particularly special and exciting event taking place to honour this very talented lady on two dates during July 2016 at Castle Cottage at Near Sawrey, her marital home for 30 years. This is now lived in by private tenants which have agreed to open the cottage up on two dates for this special year, July 8th and July 28th, Beatrix Potter’s Birthday.
7th July also marks 70 years since Hill Top opened to the public so July is even more pertinent for celebrations and is set to be extremely busy.
Booking is essential for all of these tours as well as the general visiting of Hill Top and gardens. Booking accommodation in the area during July is advisable right away too. Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey, just a 5 minute walk from Hill Top and Castle Cottage has 14 rooms and being an inn, serves local food and drinks daily. Family rooms are available and the inn is also dog friendly which Beatrix Potter would have very much approved of being such a dog lover herself. Visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk to book and for more information.