I have wanted to visit Hilltop - the house, garden and inspiration for a Beatrix Potter for a long time and finally managed to do it yesterday.
Hilltop is an extraordinary house - the celebrated home of the much loved author, artist and conservationist, Beatrix Potter.
Our visit began with a walk through the village where Beatrix found much of her inspiration. Walking through the garden on the approach to the house, it was easy to imagine Beatrix's characters - the playful Tom Kitten or Jemima Puddleduck hunting for a place to lay her eggs.
Once inside the house, it was lovely to experience the traditional farmhouse and grander residence that Beatrix created. Virtually everything within the house are original belongings of the famous author. The house is dark and full of atmosphere, filled with her treasures and favourite things.
Following our visit we had lunch in the charming village of Hawkshead and also visited the Beatrix Potter Gallery - a lovely day out!
For more information -https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
Spring is on its way.
Although February is the shortest month, it can seem to take an eternity. So why not give yourself something to look forward to this Spring? Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend away, an action packed family adventure or a place to stay when visiting family, we've got the perfect break for you.
Both of our cottages has been accredited 4 Star Gold for exceptional quality of accomodation and to customer service by Visit England and we also hold the prestigious Gold Award from Green Tourism.
Meet Poppy and Bramble.
Spring has arrived, and these two certainly have a 'spring in their step'! Dad Bramble and Daughter Poppy do everything together, from playing around in the garden to going on long walks around the Farm's beautiful fields and tracks.
Expect to see these two having fun when you visit Red Hall Farm.
This is Poppy, the baby of our three farm dogs.
Poppy is a Sprollie, her Mum is Meg, the Collie and Dad is Bramble the Springer Spaniel - they are literally one big happy family!!
Poppy is a cheeky pup and is often sitting outside the holiday cottages waiting for strokes and cuddles :-)
Just 10 minutes drive from Red Hall Farm is a very special place that we would highly recommend - Watchtree Nature Reserve.
Had to share this fantastic place to visit - The Lakes Distilliery is only a 20 minute drive away.
We enjoyed a very interesting tour of the whiskey distilliery and a beautiful meal in the Bistro - really very, very good :-)
We would definately recommend this place - take a look - https://www.lakesdistillery.com/
These Waxwings have been seen regularly at the near-by village of Dalston during December.
Dozens of these waxwings seem to like their Dalston habitat for the Winter months, before they migrate back to Northern Europe in the Spring.
Today's walk from Keswick over Latrigg was brilliant for blowing the Christmas and New Year cobwebs away.
Glorious sunshine and dramatic scenery - Happy New Year everyone!!
Many thanks to our recent guest Peter, for sending us his amazing photos recently taken on a stay here in The Old Bothy - showing the Lake District off in spectacular November weather.
Derwent Water Magic
Derwent Water Geese
Skiddaw Hot Air Balloon
Keswick and Skiddaw
Red Hall view
View from The Old Bothy
Whiteside Grassmoor & Whiteless Pike