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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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A Day with Jane Austen

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... read more

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Lafayette, California
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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Westbrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide for the day was an incredibly knowledgeable gentleman named Phil. We were able to gain an intimate view into Jane's world; the people, politics and landscape that shaped her worldview and influenced her timeless writing. We had a lovely lunch where we were able to discuss what we learned, what we loved about her books, favorite characters and... More 

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

Many thanks for the review, Jane Austen's universal appeal still astonishes me at times! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I met Phil at Basingstoke train station. (I stayed over at the Fernbank Hotel-great place if you need to book accommodations in the area). If you're a Jane Austen fan, you will be in your glory! Phil drove us to places we never could've found on our own-even to the field (the house is no longer there)... More 

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

Thanks both for coming on the tour, it was a good day, great company and good conversations. More 

Benbrook, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second trip to England, the first being almost ten years previous. I very much wanted to see Jane Austen's house and visit the village where she lived, so I stayed in Chawton, across the street from her home. I found Mr. Howe's tour online, and was so pleased with the entire experience that I recommend it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Initially, my husband accompanied me on this tour of Jane Austen's Hampshire to indulge my fascination with Austen's works and life. But Phil's expert knowledge of the history and area drew my husband in as well. Phil took us around to the great estates Jane visited in her dancing days, as well as to churches to pick out medieval graffiti,... More 

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

Thank you for the review, I was very pleased to be nominated for the award, and very glad that your husband enjoyed the day, the tour is good for both genders....! Phil More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Phil was a fantastic tour guide! I'm a massive Jane Austen fan, and Phil really knows his stuff. It was wonderful to have a personalized, full day tour of the area where Jane spent so much of her life and be able to picture her in those surroundings. I went with my mom and my sister-in-law who are much less... More 

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

Thanks for the review, I hope all in the party will now read the novels/see the films in a new light after having seen the Hampshire countryside. Phil More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

After spending over seven hours touring Jane Austen's countryside with Phil, I could not help but feel the three of us could have been friends if my husband and I were living in London! I am SO glad we took this tour. He really brought Jane Austen to life not just for me, but for my husband as well, who... More 

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

Thanks for the review, anyone who says the tour is a highlight of an entire trip will certainly have my thanks! Phil More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We travelled by train to Basingstoke, where we had booked the private tour conducted by Phil. The theme was Jane Austen. In this area she grew up and lived her first 25 years in the Rectory with her parents and siblings. Phil introduced us to the church of Steventon, where her father was the minister, to several houses where Jane... More 

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

Thanks for the review and despite the rain it was a great day! Phil More 

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