In this series I wasnt to highlight homes which are either beautiful, associated with someone of importance or which just make me want to write about them.
I am going to start today with Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire as I was reminded just how much I love it when I was watching Lucy Worsley’s programme on the BBC Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors. This was a look not just at Chawton but at all the homes in which Jane lived and their impact on her life and work. Lucy Worsley has also just published a book on Jane Austen at Home which I have ordered in hardback and which looks amazing, especially if you are a Jane Austen fan.
I have been to the village of Chawton many times, and to Jane Austen’s House itself almost every time I have visited. I love the peace of the house and garden and the sense that you can almost see Jane Austen sitting at her small writing desk and penning novels which have lived on for two centuries.
2017 is the bicentenary of Jane’s death and Jane Austen’s House Museum has many events taking place in celebration of Jane’s life including a display of 41 objects connected wih her life (she was 41 when she died), a presentation by the BBC on the many film adaptations of her work and a variety of open days. You can find more information here and connect with the museum on Instagram here.
If you can make it to Hampshire at any time I definitely recommend a visit. Also don’t forget to head to Cassandra’s Cup, which is opposite the house, for a lovely cup of tea and maybe a slice of cake! Below is the view of the house from the tearoom window (and although a very rainy day it still looks wonderful).