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Hidden Britain Tours

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Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
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As close as one can get to meeting Jane Austen!

Phil took me to see the houses of Jane Austen's neighbors, the site where she was born and grew up (the most magical moment for me even if all that one sees is a field!), her... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Phil took me to see the houses of Jane Austen's neighbors, the site where she was born and grew up (the most magical moment for me even if all that one sees is a field!), her house in Chawton (now a museum) and the rectory and cemetery where her mother and sister are buried in one of the estates her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I spent the day with Phil visiting significant places in Jane's life. This was undoubtedly the most fascinating, informative and enjoyable tour we have ever taken! Phil knows so much of her personal and literary history that we learned so much and were so enthralled with the stories and places we visited. This was undoubtedly the best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Phil Howe has designed, and guides, this tour of Jane Austen's "Neighbourhood" with wonderful insight into her life and, importantly, the times that provide the context. He is knowledgeable and thoughtful and enjoys sharing the highlights of the district and the Jane Austen story with people. This tour works whether you are a true Austen aficionado, or just a run-of-the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Bath last year, and while that is a great day out in Georgian England, anyone who wants to understand Austen really needs to get to the countryside and villages in Hampshire where she grew up and wrote her novels. For me the best thing was how unspoilt it all was by tourist trappings, and how Phil was... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

This was my best vacation day ever! Phil was friendly, enthusiastic, and well informed about Jane Austen and the area! We brought our 16-year old triplets on their first overseas trip. We stayed in London, but easily traveled by morning train to meet him. It really helped my children understand the relevance/continuity of the teenage condition and also to appreciate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Phil Howe's Jane Austen tour was wonderful beyond our expectations. Phil's welcoming demeanor immediatly put us at ease as he lead us on what turned out to be the most interesting and intimate tour of our entire vacation in England. I have a hard time imagining a better one. My wife and I have been Jane Austen fans all our... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

Prior to my last trip to the UK, I spent a considerable amount of time searching for the prefect Austen tour. I am so happy that I found Hidden Britain Tours and booked a private tour with Phil in June 2015! The tour not only lived up to my expectations; it far surpassed them. Phil's ability to paint a picture... More 

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Stepping back into Jane Austin’s world with Phil in early July, 2016 was a highlight of a recent trip my daughter and I took to England. (It helped that we had prepared for our trip by reading the book Jane Austen A Life by Claire Tomalin.) One of my favorite parts of our time with Phil was just driving around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I don't think I will ever beat this this tour as favorite in my life. After 30 years of reading Jane Austen novels and biographies and her letters, it "pierced my soul" to see the countryside and buildings where she lived and visited. Comfortable timing. Phil knew the territory, the characters and scenes In her novels, the facts, and most... More 

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

Wow! What a review! Thank you so much! What I love about operating the tour is bringing the social/cultural context to life for so many Jane Austen fans from all around the world. Many thanks, Phil. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We had our tour with Phil Howe. He was very pleasant and knowledgable. He stopped at multiple places and would give detailed information about the area related to Jane Austen. We stopped for lunch and he continued to answer our questions. He was also able to answer questions not related to Jane Austen. It really was a beautiful country tour... More 

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

Many thanks for the review, and a good lunch is an important part of the day. More 

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