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Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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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
3 helpful votes 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 

Hook, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I wanted to go on this tour to explore the unseen side of Jane Austen's life. I was not disappointed! It is incredible that the place of her birth and where she lived and the church where she worshipped are all still so unspoiled. I felt I was stepping back in time. Phil who runs the tour has a passion... More 

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

The landscape we travel through was in the process of being formed during Jane Austen's life...it feels like we are going back in time visiting some of the places that we do....Thank you for the kind review, Phil More 

Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was a wonderful day out! A great chance to see Hampshire. I only wish I could see the countryside in spring or summer. Even in March, it was beautiful. Phil was a great tour guide. Communication was easy and Phil met me at the train station as planned. The tour encompasses Jane Austen's birthplace and childhood homes, as well... More 

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Ireland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

As someone who is not Jane Austen's biggest fan, I was slightly apprehensive about what to expect on this tour. However, the combination of Phil's knowledge and passion for the subject ensured that the day was very enjoyable. As the day finished, I had both a new found knowledge and admiration for Ms. Austen. The combination of the beautiful Hampshire... More 

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

I'm glad to read that you had a good time despite early reservations! Many thanks for the kind review of the day, Phil More 

Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Such an interesting day we had thanks to Phil! This is an excellent tour whether or not you are a Jane Austen fan. I booked it as a birthday gift to my wife which is a big fan of her and we both had a wonderful day, probably the best one during our London stay.

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

Thanks for the kind comments...this tour good even in February! More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Phil is the best! We had a wonderful day, seeing everything and learning about it all. Don't miss this great experience.

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Thank you Gayle, and what a great present/day it was! More 

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