Chawton Cottage on Ten Must-Visit Private Homes list

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Forbes has included Jane Austen’s House (the official name for Chawton Cottage) on its list of Ten Must-Visit Private Homes.

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire, England, is a fine example of a 17th-century cottage, but what makes visiting it worthwhile has more to do with who lived there than what’s left.

Austen penned three novels in the eight-room home: Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion, and she spent time there revising Pride and Prejudice. Through the end of the month, visitors can view the original manuscript of Persuasion, on loan from the British Library, as well as such original pieces as Austen’s piano and dining room furniture.

Take it from us, Gentle Readers: if you ever have a chance to go to Chawton Cottage, do it.