HF Book Club - Jane Austen Weekend in the South Downs

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Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Literary Holidays
from £429pp

The HF Book Club is a great way to holiday with like-minded book lovers to discuss your favourite works or discover something new in a relaxed and informal setting. Related guided sightseeing visits to key attractions are included. These holidays are perfect for solo travellers or you could come along with your book club and take advantage of our great group offers. During this weekend, discuss Austen’s seminal works, visit Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton and try Regency dancing! We're finalising our reading list and we'll publish it shortly.

Holiday Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Austen's world
  • Discuss your favourite works with fellow enthusiasts
  • Visit Jane Austen's House Museum
  • Try your hand at Regency dancing

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Knowledgeable HF Holidays Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Over the weekend you'll get to discuss 3 of Jane's books and share your insight or just listen to others. Your discussion groups will be led by our passionate leaders and you'll be immersed in Austen's world for the weekend.  

We'll take you on an optional trip to Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire where she lived for the last eight years of her life and wrote or revised all of her novels - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Jane's mother and sister are buried in the village's churchyard and her brother Edward used to live in Chawton House, just a short walk from Jane's cottage. After dinner on one of the evenings we'll also introduce you to the delights of Regency dancing or you can relax in the bar over coffee or drinks.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 en-suite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chanctonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Premium Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Abingworth Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Abingworth Hall

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Getting to Abingworth Hall

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More Information

Essential Information

Bring along your copy of the books we'll be discussing. 

Please be sure to bring any annual museum ticket or membership card if you have one - admissions to museums are not included in the price of your holiday.  The entrance fee will be approximately £8-£10.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2023
03 Feb - 06 Feb 2023
3 Book Club £429 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Literary Holidays

3 nights from £429pp

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