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28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
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All reviews jane austen fan english countryside grew up highly recommend this tour his knowledge wonderful tour hampshire countryside dream come true jane austin chawton house an excellent guide beautiful countryside austen family local gossip full day tour jane lived highlight of our trip
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a joy spending half a day with Phil as he took us through Jane Austen Country in our modern day phaeton. Definitely would have missed the original homestead and other similar places referenced in Austen's stories if not for our guide. Great meeting...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the review, we managed to fit a lot into that half day tour, and I'm pleased that all Janeites were happy.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They say it is dangerous to meet your heroes, or in this case go where you would have been likely to have met them, in case you are disappointed. With any other guide, I might have been, but Phil brought the countryside to life as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Phil was the perfect guide. He took us to all the important sites that related to Jane Austen's life. As a local resident he was able to explain all about the countryside and took us to a fun local cafe/pub for lunch. Great time.! I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Thank you for the kind review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the lunch at the Fur& Feathers.

Reviewed October 15, 2018

My sister-in-law and I are big fans of Jane Austen so when I heard about this tour, we had to do it. My friend and her husband had taken the tour previously and said it was the highlight of their trip. We were not disappointed!...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Many thanks for the kind review, I'll let Fran at the Fur & Feathers know about your comments. They are good! And justly won the Hampshire Pub of the Year Award, amongst others. And you are right, it is a day's antidote to London.

Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

It is a truth [that ought to be] universally acknowledged that Phil’s Hidden Britain tour (Jane Austen: A Life in Hampshire) is an absolute pleasure. As an avid lover of Jane Austen, it was my dream to visit the places she frequented throughout her life....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

So glad I could make your honeymoon a memorable one! Harry Potter, then a Jane Austen day. Thank you for your generous and kind comments. Phil

Reviewed October 4, 2018

My mom & I had a wonderful time on this tour. The countryside was absolutely beautiful. It was great to get out of the big city and see the rural side of England. We enjoyed getting to see the areas that inspired Jane Austen and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Mother and daughter days out are a brilliant idea and I'm glad you both had a great day in the country just 45 minutes out of London. The autumn colours have just been fantastic this week.

Reviewed September 29, 2018

Beside being way above my expectations, the tour was well worth it. Phil was knowledgeable, an excellent driver, a lovely man who shared his enthusiasm with us everywhere. We saw such things a the spot where JAusten grew up (now a field you would never...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2018

Many thanks for the kind review, if the tour exceeded your expectations I am pleased, and I will pass on your comments to the team at the ever wonderful Fur & Feathers.

Reviewed September 27, 2018

Phil's tour was a great find! Even before I arrived, he recommended a wonderful Austen biography to enhance the experience. He was flexible and helpful in his communications, and made the meet-up easy. The morning was a lovely ramble through picturesque Hampshire with a highly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Christie E
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

I had a spirited and enjoyable morning touring Jane Austen's English countryside with Phil. He is a local, and so full of knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject, and an engaging and enjoyable guide. Over the course of the following few days I have found...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Erin M
PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Many thanks for your kind review and the very supportive earlier e-mail. Safe travels, and I am pleased that the tour had explanations you could relate to later.

Reviewed September 24, 2018

My friends and I took a trip to England to celebrate all of us turning 30, and one of the things I really wanted to do was go on a Jane Austen tour. I'm a big Austen fan, the rest of the group, not quite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Thank you for the kind review, and I'm glad I could include some WW2 history as well! Kind regards, Phil

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Barbara C
October 9, 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
July 18, 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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