- Tour of Jane's cottage, now the Jane Austen House Museum
- Private dinner at Chawton House, a mansion owned by her brother Edward
- Visit the homes of Austen family friends
- Secrets of ladies corsets and clothing revealed by Regency expert
- Visit to Selborne, home of 18th century naturalist Gilbert White
One of English literature's best-loved authors, Jane Austen, wittily observed preindustrial English society from a sheltered and gentrified family life in Hampshire. The literary walk of her lifetime takes us to many of her haunts, including the village of Steventon where her father was Rector, and the gentle rolling countryside that forms the backdrop to much of her work.
A walk through rich meadows and snug valleys, handsome estates and civilized landscapes intersperses two visits to Chawton, where Jane moved at the age of 33. These take us on paths she probably used, passing timeless cottages she would have known. The week closes in Winchester, once capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, where Jane is buried in the ancient cathedral.
Sunday Overnight: Oakley Hall Hotel
Monday Overnight: Oakley Hall Hotel
Tuesday Overnight: Oakley Hall Hotel
Wednesday Overnight: Langrish House Hotel
Thursday Overnight: Langrish House Hotel
Friday Overnight: Lainston House Hotel
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Departure: Winchester Rail Station
Hotels - Where we stay
Built in 1795, Oakley Hall has a distinguished past. Formerly owned by the Bramston family, close friends of Jane Austen, it is mentioned fondly in Austen's letters to her sister Cassandra at the turn of the 19th Century. The character "Lady Bertram" was based on Mrs Bramston, who herself thought that Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice were nonsense. Ironically, she liked Mansfield Park! Jane Austen lived in the neighbouring village of Steventon until she was 25 years old, and during this time she wrote some of her most loved and remembered novels, including Pride & Prejudice.
She wasn't the only author to be inspired by Oakley Hall: Henry Fielding, creator of Tom Jones, also enjoyed lengthy stays at Oakley. This independent hotel is now owned by a local businessman who took over the running of this family business from his father over 20 years ago. The hotel recently underwent a massive restoration and refurbishment which has restored this Georgian building to its full glory. The rooms have Egyptian cotton linen, laptop safe, hair-dryer, DVD Player and high speed wireless internet, located within the main house or 19th century stable block. Relax and enjoy the complimentary hand made Hampshire biscuits, bathrobe, slippers and toiletries.
Set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Langrish House is family owned and operated. Home to the Talbot-Ponsonby family for over 7 generations, Langrish House dates back to the 17th century. Nigel's father, Edward, inherited the house and the Langrish Estate in 1937 - aged 19. He was fascinated by machinery and started 'making things' in the stables. By the time the War came in 1939, he had a thriving and very busy factory making cockpits for Spitfires, and Munitions for the War Effort. During the War soldiers from New Zealand were billeted here and slept either in the house or in tents on the three large lawns. All the bedrooms are en-suite and individually decorated and enjoy beautiful views over the extensive grounds. They are luxurious and well appointed and all have television, phone, wifi, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Lainston House Hotel
A charming 17th century building in 63 acres of lush parkland with a 12th century chapel ruin and a pretty dovecote, Lainston House, once visited by Charles II, is just a couple of miles from the center of Winchester.The grounds include a sheltered South Terrace and a croquet lawn and, enclosed within a yew hedge, the beautiful Sundial Garden alongside an ancient, walled kitchen garden, which has recently been restored. No two of the 50 bedrooms are the same, each individually and comfortably styled, with features including four-poster beds, panoramic views, rain bar showers, roll top or spa baths and state of the art facilities. Each room has telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and WiFi is available. Taking its name from the magnificent mile-long avenue of lime trees viewed from your table, The Avenue is an intimate, elegant restaurant. Chef Olly Rouse is an advocate of celebrating Britain and grows his own produce in the hotel????????s abundant kitchen garden, while exploring global tastes and techniques.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants