Jane Austen Discovery

9-day example trip
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Follow in the footsteps on Jane Austen on this luxurious nine-day discovery of southern England. With an expert private guide, explore settings from her novels and life, historic country houses and filming locations used in adaptations of her work.

Begin a short way south of London at Gravetye Manor Hotel, a grand 16th-century mansion. Walk on Surrey’s North Downs and Box Hill, the sight of an unsuccessful picnic in Emma, and take an exclusive private tour of Squerryes and its vineyards, a filmic stand-in for Emma’s Hartfield.

Heading into her home county of Hampshire for two nights at the Four Seasons, visit Jane Austen’s cottage and Chawton House, once owned by Jane’s brother, which now holds an important collection of works by female British authors. You’ll also tour the opulent house of Vyne to see where she learned to dance, the city of Winchester to see her place of burial as well as some lesser known places of interest.

Continue west to the golden Georgian splendour of Bath, spending three nights in the iconic Royal Crescent. Discover the city that Jane Austen would have known, visiting former homes, ballrooms and museums, and venture out into the surrounding countryside to see the quaint village of Lacock, Basildon Park and the finest example of an 18th century English Landscape Garden at Stourhead, all film locations used in Pride and Prejudice.

End with a final night at the sprawling Cliveden House, but not before an unforgettable afternoon tea with Jane herself where you can tell her all about your trip.

  • Private guide throughout
  • Private luxury vehicle for all your transfers
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in a selection of luxury historic hotels
  • Hosted wine tasting at the Squerryes Estate
  • Afternoon tea with a Jane Austen interpretor

Trip Itinerary

 
Days 1-3: Sussex
Flights & Transfers

Airside meet and greet at your chosen London airport

Private transfer to your hotel in southern England

Accommodation in Sussex
Two nights in Sussex

With a fascinating history, there’s plenty for Jane Austen enthusiasts to soak up over the next few days. Whether visiting coastal towns or stately homes with impressive art collections, a visit to Sussex is memorable.


Box Hill

Follow your guide on a bracing walk on Box Hill, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for wonderful views over Surrey. An ever popular spot among locals - especially cyclists - it was the setting for an important passage of Jane Austen's novel Emma.


Squerryes Country Estate
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The county of Kent is known as the Garden of England and is situated just to the south east of London. At Squerryes country estate, you’ll be welcomed by the owner and his family and enjoy the opportunity to learn about how an English country estate is managed in the 21st century. The house and grounds are usually closed to the public, but you’ll visit the elegant reception rooms with their wonderful collection of paintings, including many family portraits, and drive across the estate to view the vineyards where some of the best English sparkling wine is produced. You’ll have a chance to sample some of this wine at a private tasting hosted by the estate’s wine expert.


 
Days 3-5: Hampshire
Accommodation in Hampshire
Two nights in Hampshire

The southern English of county Hampshire contains everything that makes this part of the UK so appealing. Rolling green hills, quaint villages, historic cities such as Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth, the stunning New Forest and a stretch of sandy coastline overlooking the Isle of Wight. Notable natives include Saxon King Alfred the Great, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and the writers Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Jane Austen’s House Museum
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Visit Jane Austen’s House Museum, in the quaint village of Chawton, Hampshire. This house is where she spent the last eight years of her life. Today, the house is a fascinating insight into Austen’s life and work and houses objects that were dear to here, including her original writing desk.


Chawton House Library

The local manor house in the village of Chawton was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward. Today, it contains a unique collection of books written by some of Britain’s most important female writers including Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.


Jane Austen's Hidden Hampshire

Today your guide will take you to some of the hidden sites connected to the life of Jane Austen. In the village of Steventon you’ll visit the church where her father was rector. The nearby village of Ashe is a typically picturesque Hampshire village and it was here that Austen’s friends the Lefroys lived.


Winchester

Formerly the capital of England, Winchester retains many important buildings and is one of the country’s finest cathedral cities. Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral and her place of rest is an important but sombre stopping point for fans of the author.


The Vyne

Visit the ancient country seat at The Vyne, a fine Tudor mansion originally built for Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. It was here that Austen attended dances and learned the social etiquette that she later evoked in her novels.


Mompesson House

In Salisbury, another magnificent medieval town, you’ll visit Mompesson House, the location for Mrs Jenning’s townhouse in the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. It is located in Salisbury’s perfectly preserved Cathedral Close, surrounding one of the most complete examples of English medieval church architecture.


 
Days 5-8: Bath
Accommodation in Bath
Two nights in Bath

With its beautiful Georgian architecture, sweeping crescents and honey-coloured church spires, Bath is one of England’s most charming cities, its famous hot springs attracting people since the Roman times. At the heart of the city is Bath Abbey, with its magnificent fan vaulting and stained glass windows. Next door, you’ll find the world-famous Roman Baths, where the city’s thermal springs still rise and the baths still flow with natural hot water.

One of the joys of visiting Bath is wandering along its streets lined with grand town houses. Those with the most enviable of post codes sit along the remarkable Royal Crescent. 30 Grade I listed houses arch around a perfectly manicured lawn, looking out over Royal Victoria Park. It is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture and epitomises why Bath was, and still is, considered one of the most elegant cities in the UK.


Jane Austen’s Bath

Bath was a vibrant spa town in Jane’s day and had a lively social scene that was evoked in her novels. The Assembly Rooms were at the heart of Bath Society and Jane herself attended balls here on many occasions. Her former homes are still standing and the elegant interiors of Georgian Bath are brought to life in the No 1 Royal Crescent Museum. Visit the highlights of Bath with your guide and discover the city that Jane Austen would have known, including the Gravel Walk and Georgian Garden and a stop at the Fashion Museum to see some of the costumes worn in the Regency period.


Lacock

The iconic BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice was filmed at some of the most beautiful locations in the south of England. The perfectly preserved medieval village of Lacock was used as the setting for Meryton and featured prominently in the 1995 series.


Stourhead

A short way south of Bath, Stourhead is home to England’s most exceptional landscaped park. Despite its natural look, almost the entirety of the great house's estate was meticulously designed in the 18th century. A walk around the lake past temples and through a grotto tells the story of Aeneas's descent in to the underworld, while the rest of the 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) garden features Baroque vistas and dozen of follies including the enormous King Alfred's Tower.

The sweeping vistas, peppered with temples, follies, a serpentine lake and picturesque bridge,


Basildon Park

Basildon Park is a grand 18th century Palladian country house that suffered much neglect in the 20th, being used as a military hospital and tank training ground as well as surviving a failed attempt attempt to dismantle and rebuild the house in the USA.

Rescued from near dereliction by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, it is now open to the public and also a popular filming spot having featured in 2005's Pride & Prejudice, Downton Abbey, Dorian Gray, Marie-Antoinette and even Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


 
Days 8-9: Berkshire
Accommodation in Berkshire
One night in Berkshire
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One of the Home Counties - the name given to counties that surround London - Berkshire is renowned for its connections to the Royal Family, with Windsor Castle one of its star attractions. There are pretty towns and villages to explore, beautiful stately homes and gardens that burst into colour in spring, summer and autumn. The River Thames winds its way through pretty, peaceful countryside, and you're also only never far from the bright lights of London, meaning you really do get the best of both worlds.


Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen

As you settle down to partake of afternoon tea, you’ll be joined by the great novelist herself. The palatial style of Cliveden’s elegant drawing rooms is perhaps a little too grand for Jane’s taste, but the modest Jane will be put at ease once she discovers you have read her novels. Take the opportunity to meet Jane and tell her about your trip and the week you’ve spent exploring her characters and the locations that were important to Jane in her life


Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to London airport