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Chawton House Library, Alton

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  • We learned about Chawton House while visiting Jane Austen's cottage and were fortunate that it was open to visitors that day. The long rising driveway up to the house is really impressive. Inside, the...  more »
  • Set In such a beautiful part of the countryside, such historical splender. The actual library is very impressive, the titles of the books are very interesting. However be warned, they lock you in lite...  more »
  • Attended a wedding reception at the wonderful building recently and I cannot say enough in its praise. The setting is utterly stunning - a beautiful grey stone house nestled in the background of an id...  more »
  • I visited as part of the Jane Austen Society's AGM and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  • “Jane Austen often visited this house and you can visit it too!” Not many people know that this delightful house is open to public. Do not be confused by the name "library", for although it operates as a research centre and a library, it is also an impressive manor house with plenty of character, charm and history. In early 19th century it was a home of Edward Knight, Jane Austen’s brother, adopted by the wealthy Knight family who had no children of their own. It was Edward who kindly provided a cottage in Chawton village for his mother and two sisters that is now a world-famous Jane Austen's House Museum. Knights' Chawton House is now a research and learning centre for women’s writing and a visitor attraction, admittedly and sadly much less known. If you are visiting Jane Austen's House Museum, do take a short walk to the Village Church, pay respects to the graves of Jane's Mother and her beloved sister Cassandra and come to the Chawton House, which rich history goes back beyond the Norman Conquest. It just behind the Church. If you are lucky, you might be given a tour by no other than Jeremy Knight, a direct descendant of Edward Knight, (his great-great-great-great grandson). He is a guide like no other! Jeremy was brought up in the house and lived there with his family until 1988, he knows the house inside out, and talks about it with a great deal of knowledge and affection. Also he is a really lovely person and makes your visit truly enjoyable and special. After visiting the House don't forget to explore the gardens - they are extensive and delightful. After your tour treat yourself to a lovely cup of tea in the House's kitchen with a home-made cake. You will enjoy your day, I promise. (The House is open to public every day except Saturdays).
  • Unfriendly staff, worst experience during my holiday! Overpriced and a total let down