Jane Austen’s Home & Chawton House are definitely two of Hampshire’s little gems.
If you have never visited these iconic houses, now is your chance to have a lovely day out in the Spring of 2020.
Please join us for a complete day of intrigue and fascination in the heart of the Hampshire countryside – the quaint little village of Chawton, near Alton.
Not only is the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote her world famous major novels one of the most wonderful places to visit, it is also a refreshing escape into the countryside from our everyday lives by the sea!
Her best known novels worldwide are: Sense and Sensibility (1811) Pride and Prejudice (1813) Mansfield Park (1814) Emma (1815) Northanger Abbey (1817) Persuasion (1817)
Jane Austen’s House & Museum is a small independent museum in the village of Chawton, where recorded history begins in the Domesday survey of 1086. The house was built in the 17th-century and is where novelist Jane spent the last eight years of her life.
The house has been sympathetically developed into a beautiful museum and has a Grade I listing since 1963. It is one of the most interesting museums in Hampshire and it was here that Jane’s genius flourished, where she wrote, revised and had her books published .
Jane lived here for the last eight years of her life. She moved to Chawton in 1809 with her mother, sister Cassandra and friend Martha Lloyd after a period spent living in lodgings. There is now a quaint tea shop opposite called Cassandra’s Cup where coffees and lunches are served daily.
The house was owned by Jane’s brother Edward, who had been adopted by the wealthy Knight family and had since inherited the Chawton Estate. The house – also a 17th century building – was offered to the women rent-free for life.
We also visit this beautiful Manor House for a guided tour of this magnificent medieval mansion. You will be so enthralled with the beauty of this estate, I am sure you will want to return!
Jane’s mother and sister continued to live at the house for the rest of their lives, but in May 1817, after a period of ill health, Jane Austen left the village to seek medical treatment in Winchester. She died two months later on 18 July 1817. Mother & sister are buried at St. Nicholas’ Church, in the grounds of Chawton House, whereas Jane is fittingly buried in Winchester Cathedral.
You will be able to freely explore the enchanting atmosphere of Jane’s home and beautiful cottage garden whilst learning about her life through exhibitions and displays which can be found alongside in-depth information panels and family objects, housed in the rooms that Jane would have known, with a guided tour of Chawton House in the afternoon.
This event is limited to 35 guests, so please ensure you book your place as soon as possible!
0900 Coach leaves Stokes Bay–sailing club bus shelter
0910 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
0920 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0930 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1030 Arrive Chawton village
Refreshments served at Cassandra’s Cup Tea Room
1100 Visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum
1230 FREE TIME for lunch (see Lunch Venue options)
5 minute walk to Chawton House
1415 Guided tour of House
1530 FREE time to visit Gardens, Church & Churchyard
1630 Meet coach
Complimentary wine & nibbles served
1730 Arrive home area
Please Note: There are no lifts for upstairs viewing in either house. Please be aware that there may also be some uneven floors.
The above itinerary is provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members. Couples & friends will always be seated together if booked at same time. Larger parties will be seated together as far as possible. Preferred choice of coach seating area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so! at Cassandras Cup
To save disappointment if these venues are busy on the day, tables will be booked at your preferred eatery:
THE GREYFRIAR PUB
A 16th-century village inn serving classic pub fare amid rustic, exposed beam and brickwork interiors. The Greyfriar offers an unrivalled range of beverages, innovative flavour packed dishes made from local ingredients and traditional pub classics cooked to perfection.
Cassandra’s Cup is a traditional English tea room offering an extensive range of traditional and specialty teas & coffees, scones, home-made cakes, light snacks, home-cooked meals and traditional English Afternoon and Cream Teas.
THE OLD KITCHEN TEAROOM Chawton House
Located in the atmospheric Old Kitchen, the tearoom offers a range of wholesome light lunches – eg: hot jacket potatoes, warm baguettes and daily specials with a range of cakes, where possible, making use of eggs from the Chawton hens. Extra courtyard seating is available in fine weather.