Chawton House

“A fascinating and historic building offering an engaging events programme.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Alton, Hampshire

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Chawton House is set in a picturesque village surrounded by rolling countryside and offers a unique day out for anyone interested in Jane Austen. The grand historic house was once owned by Jane’s brother, and he gave her with a cottage on the estate. Along with a world-class library of early women’s writing, there are numerous family heirlooms to enjoy. In addition, you can tour the ancient house, with its the Great Hall, Servant’s Passage, Old Kitchen and Scullery, and admire the original William Morris wallpaper discovered behind the banisters of the Tapestry Gallery Staircase. With enchanting gardens including a wilderness area, a walled garden and a memorial rose garden, and a stable full of Shire horses to meet, or even adopt, Chawton House has much to offer. A visit here can be combined with a tour of Jane Austen’s house, a short walk away.

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Chawton House
Chawton House, Chawton, ALTON, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ


About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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