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Hidden Britain Tours

Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Flemington, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Jane Austen Tour led by Phil Howe of Hidden Britain Tours was an outstanding tour. I took the tour in October and all the tourists had gone home. Phil provided an in depth look at the life of Jane Austen, her family and friends, where she visited, where she danced, what the countryside looked like in her day. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I booked this day out as a surprise for my wife who is a big Jane Austen fan and we brought along our 4 year old child. Honestly I did not know what to expect as to this day I cannot even remember picking up a Jane Austen novel let alone reading one. Phil was extremely helpful from the very... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Phil of Hidden Britian tours is an excellent guide. We had a wonderful, albeit rainy, atmospheric day touring Jane Austen sites. Great conversation - having grown up in the area, Phil knows the locals and the history behind the current status of many of the Austen country homes and lots of interesting details. I would highly recommend this tour to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I'm so glad I decided to do this tour. I don't have a lot of friends who love Jane Austen's work the way I do, and so I decided to go on this tour by myself. This was an AMAZING decision. I had the best time on this tour. Phil is so much fun to be with and is full... More 

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

Many thanks for the kind review, the day became a mobile tutorial, intelligent questions, and great conversations! And we had another misty landscape! More 

Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My parents and I went on the full-day tour with Phil in mid-November. I'm the Jane Austen fan in the family, so I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jane Austen's neighborhood and hearing stories of her upbringing, family, and social life; they will definitely influence how I re-read the books and watch the films of her novels in the future. And even... More 

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Thank you for the review.......that mist was a bit special, I have never see the landscape quite like that before, thanks for forwarding me the image of it, and I'm glad you all enjoyed the day. More 

Tampa, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Our guide Phil of Hidden Britain Tours presented a well mapped out day in Jane Austen's English countryside. From London it is a 30 minute train trip to Basingstoke where Phil met us and ushered us around the beautiful hills and villages written about in Austen's books. He was punctual, an excellent conversationalist, witty and charming. The day included a... More 

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

Only 30 minutes from London Waterloo! That was a fast train! And there was me thinking the fastest is 45 minutes.....thank you for the review, Phil More 

Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My wife and I took a Jane Austen tour with Phil on September 25th, 2014. It was outstanding. I would highly recommend it. One of the things that stood out to me is that you never really felt like you were with a tour guide where they are going through their rehearsed speech. With Phil it was an enaging conversation... More 

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

Thank you for the review and the kind comment.....every client is different and as we are a small number, we do have conversations rather than parrot a prepared script. Much more personal that way, I think. Phil More 

San Antonio, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Absolutely outstanding tour! An exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Jane Austen. Phil really has a talent for sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of Jane Austen while remaining a gracious and entertaining host.

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Many thanks for your kind review, Phil. More 

Cork
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My friends and I recently enjoyed a "Jane Austen" trip to Hampshire and Bath. We stayed in the excellent St. Mary's Hall in Alton and Phil collected us there to bring us to Steventon and Winchester. On our drive Phil , who had provided a map of the places familiar to Jane Austen ,pointed out locations like Farleigh House, known... More 

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

This was a good day.........we covered a lot of ground and made the tour fit your itinerary....we discussed so many issues.....and no exam at the end of the day! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I highly recommend this tour for anyone who has an interest in Jane Austen whether you are a hardcore or just a casual fan you will love the day touring the countryside with Phil. He really brings her books to life driving through the countryside showing you villages, churches and lots of other places relevant to Jane's life which really... More 

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

Thank you for the review.........the countryside around here is beautiful...at any time of the year. More 

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