Explore the house where 19th century novelist Jane Austen lived and worked, see the village she called home and visit the neighbouring house where her brother once resided. Our literary lovers’ package also includes a complimentary copy of one of Austen’s newly reissued novels by Vintage Classics and a one-night stay for two people on a shared basis at an idyllic inn deep in the Hampshire countryside, including dinner and breakfast. Make your way to Jane Austen’s House Museum, just seven miles away, to explore the unpretentious cottage the writer lived and worked in during the last eight years of her life with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. This early 19th century home, which includes a restored bakehouse and kitchen, tells the story of the life and times of these women, as well as Austen’s work. It has family portraits on display and holds many artefacts that once belonged to the writer, including personal items of clothing, a turquoise ring, original manuscripts and first editions. You can even see the modest occasional table at which she used to sit to write or revise her six great novels. In the adjacent purpose-built Learning Centre you can explore the interactive exhibits, while outside you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a traditional English cottage garden, where you are free to picnic on the lawns. Head to Chawton House Library, a leisurely 400 yard stroll away along Winchester Road, which was once the home of Jane’s brother and which the author called the “Great House” in her letters. Today his charming Elizabethan manor house is home to a unique collection of early women’s writing. See the table at which Jane Austen dined with her family, along with her brother’s portrait, suit and journal, and enjoy a stroll in the Walled Garden built by Edward and mentioned in Jane’s letters. The Library itself is a treasure trove of fascinating works by women — including some of Jane Austen’s favourite writers — and many of these are on display throughout the house, along with portraits and paintings inspired by the writers.