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Join writer and Jane Austen expert Gill Hornby for a private talk and Q&A session, and tour Jane Austen's Bath, retracing the novelist's life and inspiration

Walking along Bath's elegant Georgian terraces can feel like you've stepped into the pages of a Jane Austen novel. This fascinating three-day trip will draw you even further into the world of the great writer. Highlights include a visit to Austen's Grade I listed house and a tour of her brother's home Chawton House - the 'Great House' referred to in Austen's letters. You will enjoy a walking tour of 'Jane Austen's Bath', a cruise along the Avon to Bathampton and a visit to Basildon Park. At Lacock village in Wiltshire, you will see the filming location for Cranford and Pride and Prejudice starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. You will also meet the brilliant writer and Austen expert Gill Hornby who will give a private talk and Q&A.

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Gill Hornby
Writer and journalist

Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist whose books include Miss Austen, the bestselling biographical novel imagining why Jane's elder sister Cassandra destroyed two thirds of Jane's letters - a mystery that has puzzled academics for centuries. Gill also wrote The Story of Jane Austen, a biography for younger readers. She lives in Kintbury, Berkshire, with her husband - the author Robert Harris - and their four children.

Price includes

  • Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at the four-star Henrietta House Hotel in Bath
  • Return travel from and to pick-up points in London
  • Special appearance from Gill Hornby including private talk and Q&A session
  • Signed copy of Miss Austen by Gill Hornby**
  • Visits to Jane Austen's House, Chawton House, the Jane Austen Centre, Bath (including guided walking tour), Lacock village and Basildon Park
  • Cruise along the River Avon to Bathampton
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager
  • Brightwater Holidays is ABTOT-protected

Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Oct 12, 2021
To
Thu, Thu, Oct 14, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£725*

* THIS PRICE IS FOR TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £145. Subject to availability. £100pp deposit is non-refundable. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/ rewards. Calls are made at local rates. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, an ABTOT-protected company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. Price and itinerary may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted.

From
Tue, Tue, Oct 12, 2021
To
Thu, Thu, Oct 14, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£775*

* THIS PRICE IS FOR ALL OTHER TELEGRAPH READERS, based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £145. Subject to availability. £100pp deposit is non-refundable. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). Calls are made at local rates. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, an ABTOT-protected company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. Price and itinerary may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Jane Austen's House, Chawton
    Chawton, United Kingdom

    Depart from pick-up points in London and transfer to Jane Austen's House in Chawton, Hampshire, regarded as the most treasured Austen site in the world. It is here that Jane's genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and published all her novels. Today, Jane Austen's House is a Grade I listed building and one of the most important literary sites in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The Museum holds an important collection of objects associated with Jane, including letters written by her and personal effects belonging to her and her family. Particular highlights include her jewellery, first editions of her books, furniture, textiles and the table at which she wrote her much-loved novels.

    Continue to nearby Chawton House, the 'Great House' referred to in Jane's letters, which was owned by her brother Edward. The house has undergone centuries of change and development as it has passed through different hands, making it rich with quirky and fascinating features, from graffiti on paintings and 'witch marks' on walls, to heraldic stained glass windows and ornately carved fireplaces.

    Then continue on to your hotel in Bath, where you will be joined by our celebrity guest Gill Hornby, a well known writer and journalist, who will give a talk on the life and times of Jane Austen and host a Question and Answer session.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Bath tour with Gill Hornby
    Bath, United Kingdom

    After breakfast, Gill Hornby will accompany you on a full day in the city of Bath, which is closely associated with Jane Austen, who lived here for some years before moving to Chawton and used the city as the backdrop to Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. You'll be joined by a local guide for a walking tour of 'Jane Austen's Bath', featuring some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country.

    Continue with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre, set in a classically decorated Georgian townhouse, where guides in period costume will provide an exciting and informative account of the author's association with Bath. This afternoon, cruise along the River Avon as far as Bathampton. Here there will be an opportunity to explore this lovely village and enjoy drinks or afternoon tea beside the river (not included) re-joining the boat and cruising back down river to Bath. Later, return to the hotel where dinner is served in the evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Lacock and Basildon Park
    Lacock, United Kingdom

    After breakfast, depart for the village of Lacock in Wiltshire, which will be instantly recognisable, having been used as the location for countless TV and film period costume dramas, from Cranford to Wolf Hall and Harry Potter. It also featured prominently in the BBC's acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

    Your final visit is to the grand 18th century Palladian mansion Basildon Park, near Reading, used as the location for Mr Bingley's house Netherfield in the 2005 film production of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. The interior boasts a richly decorated Neo-classical hall, a spectacular staircase hall with cantilevered stairs and arched first floor gallery, an octagonal drawing room with heavy Italianate ceilings and an upstairs shell room created by Lady Iliffe. Following this visit, you'll return to your original departure point in central London.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Henrietta House, Bath

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Bath, United Kingdom

Four-star Art Deco hotel five minutes from the centre of Bath

Henrietta House is a large Art Deco-style hotel on a classic Georgian terrace in Bath, with an elegant bar and a peaceful atmosphere. The centre of town is just a short walk away via Pulteney Bridge. Rooms are individually designed and each includes a mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities.

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Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Oct 12, 2021
To
Thu, Thu, Oct 14, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£725*

* THIS PRICE IS FOR TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £145. Subject to availability. £100pp deposit is non-refundable. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/ rewards. Calls are made at local rates. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, an ABTOT-protected company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. Price and itinerary may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted.

From
Tue, Tue, Oct 12, 2021
To
Thu, Thu, Oct 14, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£775*

* THIS PRICE IS FOR ALL OTHER TELEGRAPH READERS, based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £145. Subject to availability. £100pp deposit is non-refundable. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). Calls are made at local rates. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, an ABTOT-protected company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. Price and itinerary may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted.

Call now to book 01334440144
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