Excursion One - Bath, Jane Austen Walking Tour & Dyrham Park
Home to Jane Austen in the early 1800s, the city of Bath has remained faithful to its Regency roots, with an abundance of elegant terraces, circuses and squares in a picturesque valley setting. We enjoy a guided Jane Austen themed walking tour to view the highlights of the city that features so much in her writing as well as her former homes. After our tour, we have time to explore the city at leisure.
Built in the late 17th century, Dyrham Park is a spectacular Baroque house set in over 250 acres of ancient parkland. The house contains a range of fine textiles and paintings and reflects a number of styles, from the original 17th-century, Dutch-inspired interiors to Victorian refurbishment.
Excursion Two - Winchester and Winchester Cathedral & Stourhead
We start the day with a literary-themed guided tour of the medieval city of Winchester. The hidden treasures of the awe-inspiring cathedral include the tomb of Jane Austen and the Winchester Bible, one of the finest 12th-century bibles to have survived.
Stourhead is renowned for its 18th-century landscaped garden, featured in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice, and is a delight of classical temples, exotic trees, hidden grottos and a magnificent lake. The grand Palladian house is no less of a draw, with its Chippendale furniture and one of the finest Regency libraries left in existence.
Excursion Three - Loseley Park, Chawton House & Jane Austen’s House Museum
We make our way to Loseley Park. Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, this historic manor house has been home to the More-Molyneux family for over 500 years and remains remarkably unchanged. This is most notable in the Great Hall which contains intricate panelling from Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, a minstrel's gallery and a collection of royal and family portraits.
We then travel to Chawton House, an Elizabethan manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight. It now accommodates a unique library of titles focusing on women’s writing in English from 1600 to 1830.
Continuing our Jane Austen theme, we visit Jane Austen’s House Museum, the charming house in Chawton where she spent the last eight years of her life. This is where she did the majority of her mature writing and now tells the story of the author and her family.