Enjoy a weekend of authentically Austenian entertainment, live theatre and music, lectures on her work and Georgian food inspired by her books in our 1826 house, with its garden planted with flowers and fruit available in England during the Regency.
Immerse yourselves in a glorious weekend of two hundred years ago and the works of Miss Austen.
Beginning with a welcoming supper on Friday evening such as Miss Woodhouse and her father served at Highbury, all the food provided will be inspired by her life and times (as researched by Pen Volger in her books, Dinner with Mr Darcy and Tea with Ms Austen) culminating in a glorious dinner – at a fashionably early hour of course – on Saturday, with the ground floor of the house entirely lit by candles (until we have photographs for this listing, please see our separate whole house listing for the glorious effect of this).
On Saturday morning (and afternoon, optionally) there will be lectures on Jane Austen's work given by Mrs Fleur Lloyd, Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of West London and Marlborough College Summer School. On Saturday evening after dinner there will be a performance of the acclaimed one-woman show, Jane Austen at Home, written and directed by Mr Stephen Siddall, performed by Miss Hannah Lee or Miss Emerald O'Hanrahan. Before bed a light supper will be served.
At various points during the weekend harp and piano music will be provided by Miss Rosalie Atkins, music scholar at Oundle School.
At other times, guests are welcome to relax, read or play parlour games by roaring fires (in the winter) or enjoy gentle garden pastimes (in the summer), with perhaps an introduction to the descendants of Mr Collins's bees who will provide for your breakfast honey, and the hens, quails and duck who may lay eggs for your tea.
There will be few modern aspects of the weekend. These include: sanitation, since the house contains indoor water closets, a bath and most shockingly modern, a shower; your own comfort, as you may dress as you wish; on the Friday evening, the Jane Austen film adaptation of your choice (subject to availability) on the home cinema; and in the garden, in summer, an unheated swimming pool or even a game of croquet, which of course has not quite been invented yet.
The house includes a spacious dining and drawing room, an orangery, a smaller sitting room and a large garden planted with a rose garden and walkway sporting the sweet little pretty rose "Adelaide d'Orleans", introduced in 1826, the year the house was built. (There is also a spacious Georgian kitchen, with a scullery and larder and outdoor laundry, but we are sure our guests won't want to enter any of these working parts of the house!)
We recommend the weekend particularly for luxurious hen parties or ladies' study weekends, although we are happy to accommodate other kinds of groups. In true Georgian style, we will accommodate ladies (or gentlemen) in ones or twos in the bedrooms, depending on what you are happy with.
Общение с гостями
You will be looked after by Mrs Anne Atkins, hostess of the house and English graduate of Oxford and trained actor (and amateur harpist) herself. (And, when he is not immersed in his study or out riding through the parish, her clergyman husband Shaun.)
Другие важные подробности
The price listed is per person for the weekend.
Because of the number of people involved to create this special weekend for you, there is a minimum number of guests required to make this viable. Please contact us for further details.
You are free to enjoy the weekend as you wish of course, though Georgian manners will not go amiss...
I am a novelist, writer and broadcaster. My husband Shaun is an Anglican clergyman and we have five children. Having been brought up in a head master's house and brought up our family in a working Vicarage, I am very used to sharing our home and love to see it used and full of interesting people. Our home is never dull, and never empty...