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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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Wednesday 17th January 2018

Evening Orchard Wassail

Sunday 25th February 2018

National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Day

Monday 5th March 2018 to Wednesday 21st March 2018

Exhibition: Pens, Paintbrushes & Pioneers: Portrait of a Woman Writer

Jane Austen's Great House
We are launching Reimagining Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, an appeal to secure the future of this important historic and literary landmark.
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5th December 2017

BARS Chawton House Travel Bursary

All scholars working on Romantic-Period women’s writing are invited to apply for the 2018 BARS Chawton House Travel Bursary.  The BARS Executive Committee has established

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30th November 2017

Campaign receives £100k grant boost and actor Greg Wise adds his support

Actor Greg Wise, who played John Willoughby in the adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, endorses our campaign (Photo credit: Dillon Bryden) Our Jane's Great House

22nd November 2017

Tales from the garden: November

Monthly garden update: November As winter approaches and the workload gets more intense, Garden Manager Andrew tells us how he's preparing for winter Years of