© Jane Austen's House Museum
- Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire. Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this unpretentious cottage in the small pretty village of Chawton from 1809 until 1817. It was in this house that Jane’s genius flourished and where she was free to write. It was here that Jane was able to revise her earlier manuscripts and begin writing new ones in earnest. A 17th century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family, and provides a lasting legacy to the great British author. The garden, now much smaller than in Jane's time, contains many varieties of plants and herbs common in the late 18th century and is still a peaceful spot.