‘I went up to the Great House between 3 & 4, & dawdled away an hour very comfortably.’ Jane Austen, 1814
Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps as you visit the ‘Great House’ owned by her brother Edward where she spent much of her time here. Find out more
‘We four sweet Brothers & Sisters dine today at the Great House. Is not that quite natural?’ Jane Austen, 1815
See the table where Jane Austen dined with her family, and view her brother’s suit, travel journal and portrait. Plan your visit
‘Edward is very well and enjoys himself as well as any Hampshire born Austen can desire. – He talks of making a new Garden…’ Jane Austen, 1815
Our gardens include eighteenth-century features such as the Walled Kitchen Garden built by Edward Austen. Plan your visit
From children’s workshops and estate rambles, to exhibitions and evening talks, there is something for everyone in our events programme. Find out more
Enjoy tea and cake in our Old Kitchen tearoom and soak up the atmosphere of what was once the hub of the servants’ wing. Plan your visit
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Sunday 12th February 2017

Snowdrop Sunday

Sunday 19th February 2017

National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Day

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Austen and de Stael
We are raising funds to bring Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël together for the first time in 200 years.

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14th December 2016

Support our campaign #FickleFortunes

We are raising funds to bring Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël together for the first time in 200 years for our summer exhibition in

1st November 2016

Scribbles and Scrapbooks: The Godmersham Park Library

Jennifer Louise Mueller Digital Godmersham For a research assistant like myself, used to the frenetic buzz of London, Chawton House Library is an ideal countryside

21st October 2016

Call for papers: library conference at CHL

Call for Papers  Independent Libraries Association BRICKS, SHELVES, BOOKS AND PEOPLE: BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE AS AN INDEPENDENT LIBRARY Location: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Alton,