Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum

Nestled in the small village of Chawton, Hampshire, sits Jane Austen's house. Now a museum, Jane's house gives a charming insight into Jane's home-life and writing. This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma, and this museum is a focal point to celebrate this event.

Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane left the cottage for the last time in May 1817 to take lodgings near her physician in Winchester. She died only a few months later.

Jane’s mother and sister, Cassandra, continued to live at the cottage for the rest of their lives. When Cassandra died in 1845 the cottage was split in three dwelling for labourers on the Chawton estate. The cottage remained in this state until it was put up for sale in 1947.

After an appeal in The Times by the Jane Austen Society, the cottage was bought by Mr. T.E. Carpenter who turned it into a Museum dedicated to the life and works of Jane Austen. Mr. Carpenter presented the house to the nation in 1949, in memory of his son Lieutenant Philip John Carpenter who fell in the battle in Lake Trasimene in June 1944. The Museum has been open to the public ever since.
— http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/
Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum

The cottage garden is quite lovely, picnics are allowed here - quite a special backdrop for one!

Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum

I found an hour plenty of time to spend here enjoying the house and gardens. After visiting here, head along the road to St Nicholas Church & Chawton House Library & Gardens. Chawton House Library is an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Set in the manor house that once belonged to Jane's brother, the house, library and gardens are well worth a visit - an undiscovered gem of a place that can be enjoyed by both old and young.

Both the pub & tearooms opposite Jane Austen's House Museum are smashing and a stroll through the village in the Summer months is a delight, with picture postcard thatched properties and idyllic Country gardens to swoon over.