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10 Days / 9 Nights

A Week With Jane Austen

Hampshire, Bath, Cotswolds villages & stately homes of the Peak District

This is an adventure into the world of Jane Austen, places where the author herself lived or visited and places of inspiration for her novels. Enjoy fragrant gardens, thatched country villages and small parish churches. We’ll explore the regal estates used for recent film versions of her works. We’ll sample local favorite dishes, regionally made wines and ales and have lovely experiences off the beaten track, meeting the locals.

Our tour will visit some highlights of the English counties of Hampshire and Heart of England, the region famous for the Cotswolds villages and some of the countries’ best gardens. Both regions offer quite a number of worthy attractions in their own right, our tour adds in the fun bonus of exploring their Jane Austen connections too. Along the way, enjoy literary connections to a few other great British writers and the iconic towns of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Salisbury and Bath. We’ll explore the lesser known area of the Peak District, where we will explore some amazingly regal stately homes and gardens used as film sites for recent film versions of Jane Austen’s works. Imagine yourself in the arms of the BBC’s leading men at Chatsworth (real life home of Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire) and Lyme Park, home to one famed lake!

We hope this is an interesting way to explore several lovely regions of Britain while giving you the opportunity to ‘get inside’ some of your beloved novels. All in all, this is simply a well rounded holiday for the Jane Austen fan as well as their companions!

This tour begins & ends in London - a treasure trove of museums, libraries, writer’s homes & locations used as famed settings such as Bankside, Brick Lane, and the ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe.’ There are former author homes now opened as museums for Dickens, Carlyle, Dr Johnson and Keats. There’s the Cheyne Walk area of Chelsea, the residence of choice for George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Carlyle and others, the Bloomsbury of Virginia Woolf and friends, Keats’ Highgate, Dr Johnson’s Fleet Street, Borough of Chaucer and later Dickens, Shakespeare's Bankside, now current home to the new Globe Theatre and so many more! We recommend taking advantage of the world famous London theatre during your stay - Handpicked Holidays can assist with booking your theatre tickets along with accommodation, transfers and sightseeing too!

Handpicked Experiences

Fans of classic literature will revel in the sites associated with England's rich literary heritage. See Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath, Stratford & Oxford as well as Dickens’ Rochester, Jane Austen’s Chawton and Winchester, famed Sissinghurst Gardens, several Harry Potter film sites and more!

Tour Inclusions

9 nights accommodation
Breakfast daily
7 dinners
Services of a driver/guide
Entrance fees to listed attractions
All taxes and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide

Tour Hotels

Hampshire: Chilworth Manor, Swan Alton or similar
Bath: The Kennard or similar
Cotswolds: Holt Steeple Aston or similar
Peak District: Rutland Arms or similar