Chawton House was owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward, and known to her as ‘the Great House’. Jane lived in a cottage on his estate and would stroll up to ‘dawdle away’ many an hour in the grand Elizabethan manor and its picturesque gardens. 

Visitors can saunter through the grounds, see Austen heirlooms, such as the dining table at which Jane would have enjoyed family meals, and explore the extensive collection of early women’s writing.

Whether you are inspired by women’s literature, keen to follow in Austen’s footsteps and explore the beautiful gardens or simply to enjoy lunch or a slice of cake in the Old Kitchen Tearoom, the friendly staff and volunteers will make you feel at home. 

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