Fangirling At Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Cottage [CC]

Fangirling At Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Cottage [CC]

J: So we’re about to visit our second National Trust place of the day! C: Woop, woop. C: I have a feeling that this one’s going to be better. C: Not going to be rooms filled with, like, foam triangles and squares with lots of toddlers climbing over it. J: Well, I’d hope not. J: We hope not. C: Unless they’re dressed up like Peter Rabbit. C: That’s weird. J: Mmm, no. J: So, we’ve come to Hill Top, which is Beatrix Potter’s house. J: For anyone who doesn’t know, Beatrix Potter was based in the Lake District. C: [I was going to say] Everyone knows who Beatrix Potter is. J: Yeah, but they might not know where she lived! C: Don’t patronise our audience. J: I am not! C: Yeah. J: You’re very clever people and I’m sure you know who Beatrix Potter is. J: However… C: She lived in the Lakes. J: Yeah. J: Not in a lake, but… C: In the Lake District. J: In the Lake District and Beatrix Potter was actually a pretty huge part of my childhood, because my grandparents, who also lived in the Lake District, had the entire set. C: Of the books? J: Of all the books. J: We actually had replicas; some of them were like–we had five of some of them. C: I think every child – from our generation, I don’t know about the others, but – I think a lot of children have– I remember all my generation had the Beatrix Potter books. J: Oh, yeah. C: I had, like–the one I remember was like Benjamin – J: Bunny. C: Benjamin Bunny, with the side cap, and I scribbled all over it with crayon when I was really, really little and I kind of ruined that one. J: You just thought Benjamin Bunny was like the cool kid. C: Yeah, but then also I really like drinking chamomile tea C: – like, now, every evening, Jessica and I drink chamomile tea – J: Aww, we do! C: And that’s from Peter Rabbit. J: That is! C: When he gets a bad belly from having stuffed his tummy from all the – J: You do get a bad belly from having stuffed your tummy. C: Yeah, and then you have to have your chamomile tea! J: And then I do have to [?] chamomile tea. J: Yep. C: And I used to have all the crockery, as well. J: Same! Same! C: Had the plate and the double-handed little mug thing. J: Oh, my God, yes! C: And inside it had some of the words taken from her books that you can’t get until you’ve finished your cup or whatever it is, or finished eating your bowl. J: Yeah! I even had the knife and fork. J: They were so cute. C: I was saying earlier on when we were driving here, I was like, “Beatrix Potter – I’m really excited because – she was quite an inspirational woman, because she kind of, like, you know–she supported herself, and she illustrated it all on her own, with these very enchanting illustrations. (J: Gorgeous illustrations.) C: Illustrations that everyone must see their beauty, even if it’s not your thing and it’s just really enchanting. J: And she used her money for good, because she bought various places in the Lake District and then donated them to the National Trust. C: Mmhm. Well, the National Trust was formed–I think it was 19…20 something? It might have been earlier, actually – 1905? Early 20th century, basically. J: This time here that I’ve just edited onto the screen. C: Yeah. And it was by – I remember one name – Octavia…Hills, and then a man Ransley, maybe, and someone else. C: I’m probably going to be corrected on all the little bits now! C: But, basically, they were three people who were very much in love with the Lake District, as well as other great places within Britain, and they wanted to protect them from this Industrial Revolution – building and mining and so on – and so they said, “No, we’re going to buy this and it’s a charity and people can join this charity to protect this beautiful country that we live in.” J: Yeah. C: And that’s why we get to enjoy places like the Lake District and Beatrix Potter’s house because Beatrix Potter was someone who really believed in this, and she gave her house and a lot of her land to the National Trust, so that lots of other people could enjoy it for years to come. J: Yes. Like us today! C: So, we’re very thankful for those people. J: Yeah. I’m very excited for what we’re about to go and see. J: In the rain! C: Oh, yeah. J: Run in! [?] J: Oh, my God! J: Beatrix Potter wrote twenty-eight books, which have been translated into over thirty-five different languages. More than a hundred million copies of her books have been sold, and she’s one of the best-selling and most well-loved children’s authors of all time. She was inspired by Hill Top Cottage and its background for many of her drawings. C: Can you hear the chicken? [Dog barks] J: Oh! J: Heard that! C: That’s a dog. [Dog barks again] J: Look, we found a spade! J: Which reminds us of Peter Rabbit, because Mr. McGregor, and Peter Rabbit always getting into his garden. C: And eating all the – J: Eating all his crops. [They laugh] C: A spade any other time would be like, “Yeah, whatever.” C: But a spade at Beatrix Potter’s garden, we’re like, “A spade!” J: [?] C: “Her inspiration! It’s probably THE spade that inspired Peter Rabbit in 1901!” J: …Maybe not. C: Good knowledge there, by the way. J: Very nicely done. Very nicely done, wife. J: Potter was born in 1866 and Beatrix wasn’t actually her first name. J: She was christened Helen after her mother, but was known by her middle name, as it was more unusual. J: After enjoying holidays in the Lake District as a child, in 1905 Beatrix bought Hill Top Farm and greatly enjoyed life running a farm; spending half the year there, and half in London with her parents. J: She came from a well-to-do family and greatly disappointed her mother, by being more interested in drawing, writing, and the countryside than society tea parties and finding a good husband. J: The revenue from her little books allowed her to buy much land in the Lake District, including helping struggling farmers by subsidising them. J: In her will, she left all of her property to the National Trust, which included sixteen farms; many cottages; and over four thousand acres of land. J: Beatrix was fascinated by nature, at a time when women weren’t supposed to be. J: She constantly recorded the world around her in drawings, and was especially interested in fungi. J: She became an accomplished scientific illustrator. J: This is a copy of the letter that started it all: an illustrated letter Potter wrote to the son of her former governess inspired her most famous book: The Tale of Peter Rabbit. J: She later asked to borrow the letter back, and adapted it to create the much-loved tale. J: By the end of its first year in print, it was in so much demand, it had to be re-printed six times. J: As a smart business woman, she recognised the merchandising opportunities offered by her success. J: She designed and produced a Peter Rabbit doll, and gave permission for other items to be made – such as board games, tea sets, wallpaper, and figurines. J: Of everything she wrote, this is my favourite quote. J: I feel the same way when I’m too ill to get out of bed. Thank goodness I have my imagination.


  • India ND says:


  • Beverley Butterfly says:

    I loved this video, really shows how much you both love the national trust and Beatrix potter xx

  • Emma Fitzsimmons says:

    I love the Lake District and go there often, but I'm so sad that I didn't go at the same time and met you! It would've been a dream come true XD
    Beatrix Potter was my childhood- one of my primary school teachers used to call me Jemima Puddleduck too ahaha, – and I'd be fangirling too if I ever went there 🙂 ILYSM! <3

  • Autumn Rose says:

    I have a cold and your video helped cheer me up, thank you. I always learn things when I watch your stuff, another bonus. On a side note, you always have such interesting music in your videos. A video on music that inspires you would be really cool …Have a great day Jessica 💕

  • Jennifer Tveit says:

    we Americans didn't know this, so thank you.

  • Marianne Aarseth says:


  • susma khadka says:

    Feeling very appreciative of the educational value in this video and the cutest mini Jessica ident at the bottom-right corner. Thank you for bringing us along to your tour! (Of course, it's lovely to see your family in your videos. You guys have great chemistry☺️☺️)

  • Breezy Skyz says:

    I heard very little about Beatrix Potter when I was growing up but I made sure to get a collectors book to read to my Niece when she was growing up. 😀

  • amasayspfft says:

    I have no idea who this woman is, so thank you for introducing me to some of your childhood history 🙂

  • Vanessa Gloria says:

    My parents-in-law live in the Lake District, it's always a pleasure to go there.

  • marsha831 says:

    Yes! Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle – the hedgehog who was, I believe, an expert laundress. Wonderful and very inviting.

  • Crimson-Inferno.45 says:

    I remember reading Peter Rabbit in elementary school & watching the animated version on vhs in class once.

  • Rainiepie says:

    Aww did you guys go to the museum? It was surprisingly good considering it was so small. We went before Hill Top, which was nice because then we had a bit more knowledge about her and how she got there. Though saying that, it sounds like Claudia knows everything already :p

  • terri-louise Ó leathlobhair says:

    I just watched 'things not to say to deaf people' I had been begging and tbh spamming them with comments to make that video for such a long time and then they finally did AND THEY PUT MY FAVOURITE YOUTUBER IN IT!! Yay!!

  • Nicksy says:

    Wow! Your fashion-sense is really fascinating! Vintage stuff is so cool. I'd love to hear where your inspiration for it comes from. I personally love the 1920s and 1940s for its style!

  • Processor says:

    Are you a time traveler?

  • Sabina Jakupovic says:

    You guys are so cute 😀

  • boopyh says:

    Love this video 🙂 and I just saw you in the want not to say BBC video on Facebook it was so good 🙂 xxx💕

  • Henry Ward says:

    Slightly cheeky and perhaps overly personal question so feel free to ignore.

    I love your accent. Reminds me of Joanna Lumley!

    Did you pick it up naturally or have you had elocution lessons?

  • Elizabeth Bulfer says:

    A lot of Americans know who Peter Rabbit is, but most have NO IDEA who Beatrix Potter is 😞 At least most of the ones I've talked to.

    I buy the anthology for all my friends who are expecting or have had a baby! My sister and I grew up with the books and we had the movies 😊

  • Neesha Ilasewich says:

    I grew up reading Peter Rabbit and all the other stories that she wrote!! To this day I still have, a bowl, little plate and a few mugs with peter rabbit printed on them. Some were my dad's when he was little and some are mine, when I was little. Love Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter!!!

  • toff358 says:

    Nearly missed this one! I never got to BP`s cottage during my time working in the LD in the 1970`s or when I was last in England in 2013, and I now have seen what a delightful charming and characterful cottage she lived in – quite enchanting! I hope to be over late next year, so a visit will be on my go see list. Thankyou as always, ladies… Rodger (^_^)

  • Brianna Blacet says:

    This is an effing AWESOME video. Thank you SO much for showing me this! Of course, Beatrix Potter was a huge part of my childhood. This was amazing. XO

  • morwenna says:

    I initially came across your channel when I was searching for videos about braces, but I'm glad I looked at your other videos! I'm American but I grew up reading and watching Beatrix Potter's work. <3

  • StrawberryLil says:

    What a great thing she did donating all her property to the National Trust! She must have been a wonderful woman. I wish I could know her. Her books were not a great part of my childhood but my grandparents had a very large book of hers (well, to mini-me it seemed to be humongous) with a few stories in it. Maybe I should go and see if I can find it somewhere. 🙂

  • StrawberryLil says:

    What a great thing she did donating all her property to the National Trust! She must have been a wonderful woman. I wish I could know her. Her books were not a great part of my childhood but my grandparents had a very large book of hers (well, to mini-me it seemed to be humongous) with a few stories in it. Maybe I should go and see if I can find it somewhere. 🙂

  • #vanityforever Xx says:

    I whent there when I was about 6 and i'm 12 now but from what I remember of it it was great!

  • Brian Forbes Colgate says:

    It is so sad that the National Trust has betrayed Miss Potter’s bequest by splitting up her properties … everything she was against. She must be spinning in her grave over the NT’s actions. 🙁

  • Becoming Me says:

    Have you seen the movie based on her life?

  • Percy Darling says:

    This is so lovely! Thank you for sharing your little adventure, those books were a big part of my childhood too and I would love to visit that cottage some day 🙂

  • moimarije says:

    Little late to the party, but I'm fangirling with you!! Childhood memories <3

  • Cat Rosas says:

    This is my favorite video you've ever made, and probably my favorite on youtube. This is exactly what I live for. Discovering gems more or less hidden in foreign countries (I'm from Canada), in the company of lovely local people who know the story. My dear grand-mother introduced me to Peter Rabbit, but I had no idea about Hill Top. Thank you so so so much for enabling me to visit this lovely place, it's delightful. <3

  • swissballer80 swissballer80 says:

    Really enjoyed that,
    great video.
    Took me away there for a while 🙂 Great characters and stories!

  • Lucy Wilson says:

    Peter Rabbit is now a TV series on cbeebies. This is the one show I love watching with my little sisters xx

  • fillibustercat says:

    I'm American and Peter Rabbit was a very big part of my childhood – thank you for the glimpse of the woman behind it all!

  • Isobel Higgs says:

    I loved loved loved Beatrix Potter! Babies even now often have a little Peter Rabbit stuffed toy and I find it wonderful how her legacy is living on. I also loved Enid Blyton when I was a little older. Two incredible women.

  • NothingToNoOneInParticular says:

    Have no idea where the Lake District is. I love within 1 hour of 90 lakes, where I am. Truly beautiful area.

  • Presto! says:

    A lot of people put Beatrix Potter and the Lake District together as ‘always having been a thing’, but, her family originally had their holidays in Scotland, which was Beatrix’s first taste of the beauty of nature.

    Lovely video by the way. Your ‘fan girling’ is very cute.

  • nature love says:

    B. Potter is one of my Golden inspirations….I feel I share so much in common with her and can intrinsically relate. You two beautiful girls producing this video was a magical experience for me, and I'm sure to many other viewers.You both have gorgeous personalities and your passion and gratitude for B.Potter made this an overall splendid video to watch! Love your fashion sense too….so pretty and fun! 💙✌🙏🐇💙🌼🌸

  • KylaLovesKpop says:

    I have a little peter rabbit cup! I'm obviously from the US, but my mom raised me on peter rabbit, as well as I had a themed room complete with blue walls. I love Peter Rabbit and intend to raise my kids on it too.

  • Lil' Cat says:

    Those were my favorite books when I was little I loved the size of them and that I could read the stories myself, my favorite was always the tale of two bad mice.

  • Abelton Senna says:

    Hi, I am fangirling at your channel and thank you both for this again so nice video. I didn't know who Beatrix Potter was, but I read about her just now. (I am from Germany) 🙂

  • Alyssa's Busy Life- Healthy Body says:

    I can’t tell you how nostalgic this made me!!☺️☺️☺️ My Nana would read the stories to me! Such cozy and fuzzy warm memories!❤️

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