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Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
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A Great Day

We spent a wonderful day in early June with Phil touring the Hampshire countryside while Phil and my husband, a Jane Austen super fan, traded stories about Jane, her books and her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We spent a wonderful day in early June with Phil touring the Hampshire countryside while Phil and my husband, a Jane Austen super fan, traded stories about Jane, her books and her life. We found the map Phil provided very helpful in identifying manor houses where Jane visited for tea or attended an evening ball. The wonderful church in Dummer... More 

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Greater Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This was the tour I always dreamed about. Just me, my husband and children driving around Hampshire with a knowledgable guide like Phil. We all enjoyed a truly unique day of all things Jane Austen and more. Thank you so much Phil, we will never forget it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Through all of our trip to England following the lives and works of our favorite English writers, there was nothing quite like our day with Phil. We have met a highly knowledgeable, skilled, funny and charming tour guide who drove us through some of the most enchanting rural landscapes and sites Jane Austen Country has to offer. Phil's tour wasn't... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks! And what a great day it was, lunch at the Fur & Feathers is an important part of the day, and I would rather support a local family run gastro pub that provides locally sourced food, ( and yes, I do go foraging for wild garlic for them), than a chain pub where the microwave is constantly pinging... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

As the title implies I am the 'bloke' in question. Since there are very few men coming onto the Jane Austen tour I thought that Phil (our guide) as well as males accompanying their female partners might benefit from this input. The main question I pondered prior to the day long trip in late May was: what would a guy... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

So many thanks for the extensive review.....it was so good to read a positive response from one who was not into Jane Austen but who enjoyed the whole English history/cultural/social/political context that I try to explain . Seriously, many thanks! Bloke to bloke! Phil More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We had a terrific time with Phil going on his Jane Austen tour. He was funny, very knowledgeable, and a perfect tour guide. He took us to some Jane Austen sites that a tourist would never be able to find on his/her own. My husband also went on this tour, even though he is not an Austen fan. Phil promised... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind review! They do help! Phil More 

Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

As Americans traveling in Britain without a car, it was such a treat to have Phil drive us around the countryside of Jane Austen to see places we would have never found on own via train and bus. In this way, Phil does provide a journey into "hidden Britain." We did a nearly full-day tour with Phil focused on Jane... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

One of the reasons this tour is so successful is that we can take you where the public transport system can never do. And I drive for you. On the wrong side of the road! Phil More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

An excellent hour spent in the company of a well informed individual on local interests. Phil was entertaining and amusing, inviting us to take a glimpse into our past.

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PhilHowe, Guest Relations Manager at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, they are important! And very welcome, Phil More 

Ypsilanti, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Phil is simply amazing - he can quote Jane Austen by chapter and paragraph, as well as giving commentary on her life and times as he takes you through the lovely Hampshire countryside. If you love Jane Austen, you have to go on this tour. If you don't know who Jane Austen is, you have to go on this tour.... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Thank you r the review, and I have passed your rave review to the Fur & Feathers! You are right, the soufflé is fantastic! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Wonderful tour! Our guide, Phil Howe, was outstanding with detailed stories about Jane's life told through the context of her letters. Exploring the beautiful Hampshire countryside in spring was a true pleasure; seeing the places and hearing about the people who helped to shape Jane's craft was fascinating. Thanks, Phil, for a wonderful day!

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! They do help others and myself. Safe travels, Phil More 

Norman, Oklahoma
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I have loved Jane Austen since I first read "Sense and Sensibility" in middle school. My husband and I took a trip to England, and I knew I needed to go on the tour. The tour did not disappoint. Phil, our guide, was kind, engaging and very knowledgable. I loved that he could rattle off quotes from Jane's letters, and... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

After the rush of London, it really is a delight to come out and have bits of hidden rural England explained.......with no rush! More 

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Address: Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Basingstoke

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