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‘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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Monday 20th March 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017

Exhibition: The 'Incomparable' Eliza Haywood

Friday 2nd June 2017

Estate Rambles

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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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Portrait of Elizabeth Montagu
1st May 2017

Woman Writer of the Month: Elizabeth Montagu

'It is more to my personal happiness and advantage to indulge the love and admiration of excellence, than to cherish a secret envy of it.'

28th April 2017

Tales from the Garden: April

Monthly Garden Update: April In the latest instalment of our new monthly garden updates, Garden Manager Andrew Bentley tells us about the latest exciting developments in the

18th April 2017

A rare find at Chawton House Library

BSECS Visiting Fellow, Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, tells us about an exciting new find: instructions to an 1801 Music Game by Anne Gunn (née Young) Anne