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