‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’. So begins ‘Pride and Prejudice’, regularly voted the nation’s favourite book, which celebrates its 200th birthday today. Jane Austen’s most famous work was first published on 28th January 1813 and tells the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. Whether you’ve read the book from cover to cover and want to bring the characters to life or are simply looking for a holiday in some of the most picturesque places in the UK, why not find a holiday cottage with Sykes?
The Peak District
Austen said of Derbyshire that there was “no finer county in England” and it’s little surprise given the miles of unspoilt rolling countryside dotted with picturesque towns. Chatsworth House is often referred to in the novel and is thought to have inspired Mr Darcy’s house, Pemberley. Why not find a cottage nearby and recreate life in Regency England or visit Bakewell and Matlock Bath, also mentioned in the novel? Who knows, maybe you’ll find your very own Mr Darcy while you’re on holiday!
Hampshire should be high on the list for any Austen pilgrimage as this is where the author was born and died and the county also features in Pride and Prejudice. The Jane Austen House Museum is in Chawton, where she spent her final years, and will celebrate the anniversary with writing workshops and dramatic re-enactments of key scenes from the novel. True ‘Janeites’ will enjoy a tour through Hampshire from her birthplace in Steventon to her final resting place at Winchester Cathedral as well as other important places in her life. Choose one of our lovely Hampshire cottages and enjoy exploring the New Forest and the south coast.
Austen moved to Bath in 1801 and lived there for five years and even set Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in the famous Georgian city. Visit the West Country today and you’ll find the Jane Austen Centre which is holding plenty of celebrations in honour of the bicentenary. Join in with the Readathon which takes place today or dress up in your finest and attend the Regency Ball in June. The Centre itself is well worth a visit while you’re on holiday in Bath which is home to a permanent exhibition of her life in Bath as well as a Regency tearoom and costumed staff. The Jane Austen festival held every September is hugely popular and a great excuse to don a corset and gown!
If this has got you thinking about a short break in the UK, why not visit our website or give us a call until 9.30pm, seven days a week and start planning your next holiday?