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Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
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Jane Austin Tour

My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic day with Phil on our Jane Austin Tour around Basingstoke. We took the train from London to Basingstoke and Phil met us promptly at 9am. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Weldon Spring, Missouri
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Weldon Spring, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic day with Phil on our Jane Austin Tour around Basingstoke. We took the train from London to Basingstoke and Phil met us promptly at 9am. The other couple he was expecting never showed up so we had Phil all to ourselves. Driving around the countryside and showing us the off the beaten path... More 

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Pipe Creek, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful day with Phil on Aug 15. He picked us up promptly at our hotel in Alton, provided a map of the sites to be visited and was instantly comfortable to be with. We are not Jane Austen devotees but found the tour fascinating on many levels - learned about thatching and the changes... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My husband and I had a great time with Phil. He is knowledgeable and well trained in being a guide. We saw about 10 Austen-related sites that would be hard to get to, even if we had rented a car. It was expensive, but worthwhile, given how hard the locations are to find. Phil also has a background in business... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was my daughter's dream tour. At the age of 14 she became a member of JASNA and said her dream trip would be to see Jane Austen's England. Phil made that dream come true. He gave easy instructions for taking the train from London to Basingstoke and was waiting when we arrived. He then spent the next 6 hours... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I took my daughter, for her 30th b/d, on a Jane Austin tour that we designed ourselves, and Phil was one of the first bookings we made. Even after successive weeks of planning we expected this to be a highlight of our trip, and it exceeded our high expectations. The tour balances visits to key locations and buildings with anecdotes... More 

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

A brilliant day with such intelligent company. Carmen's pre-reading of Claire Tomalin's biography, "Jane Austen A Life" certainly kept the conversations going, in fact I don't think we stopped talking all day............a good thing, and I will pass your comments onto the F&F. More 

High River, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If ever you’ve read a Jane Austen book or watched a Jane Austen movie and felt happier for it, then you will absolutely love this wonderful tour of Jane Austen country. You will see all the settings that helped create her aesthetic and inspired her as a writer: the places she visited; the homes of her friends, where she flirted... More 

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

Many thanks for this review, if I can make dreams come true and exceed expectations then I am very happy. A great two days! More 

Los Osos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My husband and I took the Austen tour on our first full day after arriving from California. We met Phil at the train station in Basingstoke, and then spent the next several hours learning not only about Jane Austen's England, but also gained some helpful tips for our entire stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the nice pace of the day; the... More 

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

Many thanks! If I can be flexible I will, A great day out covering a lot of ground! More 

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

I am glad the day satisfied both of you! And I will pass on your comments to Fran at the Fur & Feathers, a good lunch is an important part of the day! Phil More 

Greater Sydney, Australia
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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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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind review, it was a wonderful day! Phil More 

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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 

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