Property of the Day: Chawton House Stables, Hampshire
THE PROPERTY: This former stable block attached to Jane Austen’s brother’s home, Chawton House, in Hampshire, is also a stone’s throw from Chawton Cottage, where Austen lived and wrote several of her novels (Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion).
THE LOCATION: Part of the East Hampshire village of Chawton, which inspired much of Jane Austen’s literary heritage, the home lies within the South Downs National Park. The nearest railway station is 1.7 miles north-east of the village, at Alton.
THE INTERIOR: This spacious home comes with eight bedooms (five on the first floor and three on the galleried second floor, which is accessed via two separate staircases) and five reception-rooms, including the triple-aspect drawing-room with its wooden floors and open fire. At the heart of the home is the large country-style kitchen with Aga and a central island above which hangs a display of copper pans. Leading out of this room is the pleasant orangery, which overlooks the enclosed garden.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There’s a lovely lawned walled garden that is maintained for you by a hired gardener, as well as open access to the surrounding parkland.
RENT IT NOW: £4,000 a month, plus fees, with Carter Jonas. Available furnished or unfurnished on an initial 12-month term
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