A Jane Austen Tour with authors Syrie James and Laurel Ann Nattress

Chawton Cottage, Hampshire, England

Imagine being offered the opportunity to create your own dream excursion to Jane Austen’s England? What would you choose to see? Her home at Chawton, the cob at Lyme Regis and the pump room in Bath of course—but what other family estates, seaside villages and country escapes would be on your list? This was the question that author Syrie James and I were presented after we were approached by Ingenious Travel to create the ultimate dream Jane Austen tour—and boy did we have fun brain storming on this topic. We hope that you will be as excited by our choices as we are to be part of this fabulous eight day tour to Jane Austen’s Seascapes and Landscapes.

Here is our itinerary:

7 Sept (Saturday): Fly USA to London.

8 Sept (Sunday): Arrival at London Airport, welcome by the accompanying Jane Austen specialist guide, transfer by private coach to London. Visit the British Library, walk through the Covent Garden area to see places where Jane Austen stayed. Continue to Kent, check into the hotel. Welcome dinner.

Godmersham Park, Kent

9 Sept (Monday): Full breakfast (included daily). Visit Ramsgate and Goodnestone, lunch here; continue to Godmersham House and village. Visit Canterbury Cathedral if time permits. Return to the hotel for overnight.  (Lunch included)

10 Sept (Tuesday): Travel northwards to Oxford, visit the University and especially St. John’s College, which Jane Austen’s father and two of her brothers attended. Then to Steventon, the village where she was born: see the site of the old Parsonage, visit St. Nicholas’ Church where her father and eldest brother were Rectors. Continue to Winchester, check into the hotel. Evening social meeting after dinner with local Austen experts.  (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Winchester Cathedral

11 Sept (Wednesday): Touring in the lovely city of Winchester, visit the Cathedral, short ceremony at Jane Austen’s grave. View the house where she died. Then to Chawton, visit the Jane Austen House Museum: special meeting at Chawton House to see the Library, informal talk by the Director and (subject to permission) tea at Chawton House. Return via Alton, the charming country town which the Austen ladies frequented. Stay in Winchester.  (Breakfast and tea included)

12 Sept (Thursday): To the coast today – visit Cadland House, overlooking Southampton Water, to meet the Drummond family and see their fine display of maritime paintings and memorabilia. Then to Portsmouth, tour the historic Royal Naval Dockyard including HMS Victory, and see the former Naval College where Jane Austen’s naval brothers Frank and Charles received their training.  (Breakfast included)

The Cobb Stairs at Lyme Regis

13 Sept (Friday): Travel west to the pretty port town of Lyme Regis, walk the Cobb (scene of Louisa’s fall in ‘Persuasion’), meet Patrick Stokes and Diana Shervington, Austen descendants. Then to Bath, check in for 3 nights – the Jane Austen Festival begins this day. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

14 Sept (Saturday): Tour Bath, seeing houses where the Austens lived, also St Swithin’s Church, where Jane’s parents were married and her father is buried. Visit the Jane Austen Centre, 1 Royal Crescent, and the Assembly Rooms. Participate in the Festival Parade. (Breakfast included)

Assembly Rooms interior Bath

15 Sept (Sunday): To the nearby village of Lacock, film location for ‘Meryton’ in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – as well as many other fictional places in various writers’ works. Return to Bath for a free afternoon – or a chance to attend other Festival events. Evening, private dinner party and entertainment in an elegant Bath townhouse.   (Breakfast and dinner included)

16 Sept (Monday): Transfer to London Airport for the return flight – opportunity for optional tour extension(s) in Bath (for more Festival participation) or London.  (Breakfast included)

As you can see, we are visiting all the special places in Jane Austen’s life and novels. Syrie and I are so excited to be part of this fabulous opportunity to share our admiration and knowledge of our favorite author Jane Austen and her world. We hope you can join us!

Additional information on the A Jane Austen Tour: Seascapes and Landscapes official website.

Cheers, Laurel Ann & Syrie

© 2013, Laurel Ann Nattress, Syrie James and Ingenious Tours

28 thoughts on “A Jane Austen Tour with authors Syrie James and Laurel Ann Nattress

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  1. It sounds great, hope you have a lovely time! I’ve promised myself a trip to Bath this year to see the Pump Rooms, I only live about an hour away so it should be totally doable :-)


  2. I am beyond jealous! I’m heading to London in May for a wedding and will be there 9-10 days. I’m going to try to plan at least one side trip to an Austen-esque location, but choosing is going to be horrid!!


  3. Your itinerary sound very nearly the same as the one I participated in last July on the JASNA tour. We stayed 3 nights at Tunbridge Wells, 3 nights at Bath and 3 nights at Winchester. It was nice not having to move hotel too often. We did not make it to Ramsgate or Lyme Regis (would like to do that), but we did go to Tonbridge. It was a wonderful tour. The Bath festival would be fabulous.


  4. Sounds fabulous! In case anyone is interested, here’s my photos of my Jane Austenesque trip this time last year:

    Han's Place


  5. Would love to join you ladies. Lovely itinerary. Unfortunately, I will be in No.Italy at that time, supporting a crazy Ironman coach/friend who’s doing 30 IM in 30 days near Lake Como in September. I know, I know, I should be in England with you, but I’ve already committed…


  6. It sounds lovely but expensive, especially for a picky eater who prefers to find/carry her own food. I may be able to make it to the festival though so I hope I’ll see you there!


  7. So happy for you both! I’ve visited most of those places but not all of them yet. And I also want to visit them again on an Austen guided tour so that I won’t miss anything. Will you be in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival? Fingers crossed for a very successful, exciting tour!


  8. I’m excited for both of you! We visited near your tour destinations in 1997 and now that I’ve discovered the wonderful world of Jane Austen I’d love to go back. We were just west of Lyme Regis at Paington on the coast and unfortunately bypassed Bath on the way to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Somehow, some way, my wife and I are going to make a return pilgrimage and see ALL of what you have in store.


  9. I’m an American Janeite who will be at the festival for a few days. I’m booked in the Apple Tree Guest House.


  10. Wish I could join the group, but we have a previous engagement. Maybe there will be another trip we can make. That is my dream trip too.


  11. The trip is just around the corner now! I’m greatly anticipating the adventure and fun of following in Jane’s footsteps with Syrie and you! This week I’m putting the finishing touches on my dress for the Promenade.


    1. Hi Tracy, so nice to hear from you. We will be writing to all of the tour group shortly, but I am glad to hear that you have your frock in order for the Promenade. I can’t wait to meet you and enjoy Jane’s England together. Best regards, LA


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