Chawton House, near Alton, was known to Jane Austen as the ‘Great House’. It was owned by her brother Edward. Jane lived in a cottage on his estate and would stroll up to ‘dawdle away’ many an hour in the grand Elizabethan manor and its picturesque gardens. The house includes many Austen heirlooms, such as the dining table at which Jane would have enjoyed family meals as well as an extensive collection of early women’s writing.

The library, house and gardens are open to visitors 7 days a week – from March through to December – as well as groups and educational visitors when closed. There is a varied programme of events, from house and garden tours, study days and symposiums, to family days.