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Hidden Britain Tours

28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
+44 1256 814222
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Jane Austen 1 Day Tour

Well it was as amazing. We are from Australia and daughter is a mad Jane Austen fan. Phil who... read more

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JimQ1249
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Jane Austen Tour

This tour was absolutely wonderful! My cousin and I set off from London (we are visiting from... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well it was as amazing. We are from Australia and daughter is a mad Jane Austen fan. Phil who runs the tour was just so knowledgeable. We took the train from London to Basingstoke, Phil awaiting for us book in hand. Into his car and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was absolutely wonderful! My cousin and I set off from London (we are visiting from California) and met up with our guide Phil, a man with so many facts and stories about Jane and her family. The time period she lived in, the...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

My sister-in-law, teenage niece, and I did the day tour with Phil, and it was one of the most memorable and enjoyable parts of our week-long trip to England. Phil takes you to all the places that were important in Austen’s life at Steventon and...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Many thanks for the kind review, even in the winter the tour is valuable as the countryside is stripped bare and one can often see more. Lunch at the Fur & Feathers is always good, Hampshire Pub of the Year! Very glad to have inspired...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I had a wonderful day on the tour with Phil. Phil is so knowledgeable on Jane Austen and the people she socialized with in the area. During the tour, you see the places Jane called upon and went dancing, places she worshipped, where she was...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

What a dream come true. Phil was so knowledgeable and funny and a great guide for the day. He did not just rattle off facts, He tells about Jane’s life with real interest and passion. He also gave us all kinds of good tidbits about...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

If I can make dreams come true I feel I have done my job! The Fur & Feathers where we have lunch is a great family run pub, awarded Hampshire Pub of the Year, a well deserved accolade, with seasonal, locally sourced food. Seeing the...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

My friend and I did the half day tour. We would have liked to do the full day tour, but we had prior commitments. This was, by far, one of the best parts of my trip to England. Phil (our guide) was just delightful. No...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

In the half day morning tour we still saw a great deal of Jane Austen's countryside, churches, country houses, lanes, and the conversations were brilliant! I will keep you posted re 12 Hours!

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Reviewed 23 November 2017

A charming life-sized bronze sculpture of Jane Austen in Basingstoke's market place was the first stop on our tour in the footsteps of the great author. Then, leaving Basingstoke behind, Phil Howe took us into the countryside surrounding Jane Austen's birthplace and home for the...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Many thanks for the kind review, it was a very good day with some seriously intelligent questions and subsequent discussions about the influences on Jane's early life. Thank you for the comment about the pre tour reading.....I feel it does lift the day as the...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

This day was one of the highlights of my recent trip to England. Getting to see the locations where Jane lived, grew up and wrote just helps to bring her world even more to life, In addition, so many interesting conversations about her neighbors some...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Many thanks for the kind review, and you are right, neighbours can be a bit off at times, including some of Jane Austen's!

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Yesterday was simply an amazing day for us! We spent the day in the world where Jane Austen was born and grew up. Phil was knowledgeable and super friendly. I would recommend this tour for anyone--simply fantastic and worth the time and money! Thank you...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Thanks for the kind review....and the weather was kind too!

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

For those who wish to have a deeper understanding of all things Jane Austen, Phil's polished perspective is definitely worth your time. My daughter and I spent a day touring the remarkably intact places where the Austen family and their extended relations lived their lives....More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Many thanks for the review, "remarkably intact" is a good description of the landscape!

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Barbara C
9 October 2017|
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Response from PhilHowe | Property representative |
Hi Barbara The Jane Austen tour is more viable as Highclere is closed to the public a great deal of the year.
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Gail C
18 July 2017|
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Response from PhilHowe | Property representative |
Hi Please e-mail me the dates you would like to come and I will e-mail you back, please use the Hidden Britain Tours website to contact me, or phone 01256 844222
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Gail C
2 July 2015|
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Response from PhilHowe | Property representative |
Hi I am free on the 15th August, please e-mail me through my websit for further details, Kind regards, Phil
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