Jane Austen’s house on an English afternoon

It could not be long before we took you to Jane Austen’s house.

Chawton was the place Jane spent her last eight years: the house, where she moved with her mother and sister, provided a quiet and settled backdrop against which she could find, at last, a voice which reached a wider public. Almost all her greatest works were written in this engaging house in a little Hampshire settlement, looking onto the main road which still runs through the village.

It is not a great mansion but a place of modest means, with kitchen and sculleries, a parlour and a drawing-room, and small bedrooms which look out over the neighbouring houses and gardens and the public house opposite.

In every room posies from the garden sit in small pots in the widow sills. The house retains a quiet serenity: you can still see the small round writing table at which Jane wrote every day.

Better, I think, to show you than to tell you.




  1. Lovely and serene. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, especially the window views of the garden.

    1. You are welcome, Jillian.It is a rather lovely corner of the world.

  2. Peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for this lovely escape.

    1. You are welcome: it is easy to see how Jane managed to bring her work to fruition there, isn’t it?

  3. The perfect house for Jane Austen. I love the secretary and the piano. Thanks for taking us inside.

    1. You are welcome, Kathy, thanks as always for coming to take a look.

  4. Great post and lovely photos!

  5. Loved the photos. The English University degree in me gets excited

  6. Thank you SO much for sharing! Ah, how I’d LOVE to visit Jane Austen’s house. I often call myself a “wannabe European” lol. I have my own version of a British accent, which would probably send you into gales of laughter if you heard it, hehe 😛 It’s convincing enough to Americans though, lol.
    I would so love to visit Britain, and France, and Germany (I think I have heritage in all three of these nationalities. :)) I’d love to tour all of Europe – I’m so drawn to all of the huge old castles, houses, and churches. There’s so much really old history there that we don’t have in the U.S. Unfortunately, I am quite the pauper, so unless it’s a part of God’s plan and He opens up a way, I don’t see a way to come. I love looking at pictures though (and speaking in my fake British accent! =D

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog awhile back! I’ve put up a new post just today..would love it if you felt like popping over for a quick visit!

    1. Tracey, we’ll be there 🙂 Along with your accent we advise cooking some home made scones and having an afternoon tea with jam and cream. Works a treat for accent-polishing! Hope fervently you find a way to come here. On a day when it is sunny, and the rain is a distant memory, it really is all it’s cracked up to be.

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