Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum information
Fittingly, there's a touch of period drama about the former home of Jane Austen (1775–1817). This appealing red-brick house is where the celebrated English novelist lived with her mother and sister from 1809 to 1817. While living here, Austen wrote Mansfield Park , Emma and Persuasion , and revised Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbe y. The museum is 18 miles east of Winchester; take bus 64 from Winchester to Chawton Roundabout (45 minutes, hourly), then walk 800m to Chawton village.
The interior depicts a typical well-to-do Georgian family home, complete with elegant furniture and copper pans in the kitchen. Highlights include the occasional table Austen used as a desk, first editions of her novels and the delicate handkerchief she embroidered for her sister.