While living in London, authoress Beatrix Potter escaped to the picturesque Lake District of England as often as she could, enjoying bucolic farm life and reveling in the area’s charming lifestyle.
In 1905, she purchased the seventeenth-century cottage and garden known as Hill Top in the village of Near Sawrey—a place where she eventually relocated permanently. It was within this tranquil countryside that Beatrix married and became a fervent conservationist.
With an inheritance from her family and the profits from her books, she acquired farms and land throughout the Cumbrian region, and, upon her death, left fourteen farms and more than 4,000 acres of land to the British National Trust.
Today, her splendid legacy lives on, and the rich beauty of her beloved lakeside surroundings will be preserved in her honor for generations to come.