Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Chawton, up close

Winding back through the weekend, on Saturday Mr U-t-B and I went for a pootle around the lanes of the bit of Hampshire known as 'Jane Austen Country'.  

We had started off in Alton, as it was Regency Week and there were various things going on to celebrate.  Sadly, we arrived in Alton a little late in the day, and as the weather was not the pleasantest, the things that had been going on seemed mostly to have got up and gone!  

Undeterred, we decided to head off towards Chawton, where Miss Austen lived from 1809 till 1817, the year of her death. I took the wrong road out of Alton, so we had a mini tour of some of the pretty villages and rural scenery of northern Hampshire.

Eventually, we found our way back to Chawton.  
Its pretty cottages are definitely worth a snap or two, even if I did have the wrong lense on so could only do close-ups!   

Windows nestled into thatched eaves...

Woodwork in the prettiest shade of palest duck-egg...

Rambling roses running free...

Cottage gardens full of foxgloves, hollyhocks and other spire-y beauties...

And this is one of the doorways into Jane Austen's home...

The tea shop was open but heaving with visitors, so we decided to go back one day soon to savour its delights.  When we do, I'll make sure to take a different camera lense, so you can see some whole buildings!


  1. Thank you so much for the lovely tour of Chawton ~ those cottages are just so delightful ~ and even more so 'up-close'! :) Such lovely photos ~ Thank You! Love Brenda

  2. Thanks for the beautiful tour of Chawton. The flowers are in their fine glory

  3. It looks like a lovely place, so typically English, I love it! xx

  4. Loved the thatching...loverly:)