Last week there was a first post about Chawton in which I told you all about the Jane Austen House Museum.
Today I will take you on a little stroll around this tiny Hampshire village and I will tell you more about the Chawton House Estate.
Chawton House Estate
This house was owned by Jane’s brother Edward. Edward was adopted by the Knight family as they had no son of their own to inherit their belongings… so I guess you can say that Edward was one lucky guy as the Knights had several estates, including Chawton House Estate.
These days, the house is home to the Chawton House Library, which specializes in early women’s writing. The Library has a unique collection of books written by women. Many of the works were neglected, but now research is carried out to help put these books and their authors back on the intellectual map.
The house and gardens are open to visitors. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit the house, but we did however visit the gardens and we enjoyed a cup of tea on the patio!
Oh… and I also had a little chat to Jeremy Knight… Edward Austen’s third great grandson!!!
Below this post you can see more pictures of the gardens!
A stroll around Chawton village
The village of Chawton is tiny… if you don’t plan to do anything related to Jane Austen you might want to give it a miss. It has however extremely beautiful and quaint buildings. Let me take you on a little tour…
Would you visit Chawton? Are you a Jane Austen fan? Tell me in the comments!