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Hidden Britain Tours

28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
+44 1256 814222
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Fantastic day trip

Really great day for Jane Austen enthusiasts! Phil was friendly and informative, and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
annajayne1234
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Time traveling in the countryside

What an experience! This was unlike any tour I've ever experienced... the memories of this day will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer R
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28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really great day for Jane Austen enthusiasts! Phil was friendly and informative, and the countryside was absolutely gorgeous. Entry cost to the Jane Austen museum and lunch are not included in the tour cost.More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Anna, thank you for the review. It was a glorious day, lunch is not included as I never know what people will want to eat, and as you have found, if you come with me, you receive a student discount price at the Museum....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an experience! This was unlike any tour I've ever experienced... the memories of this day will stay with me... Phil is not only great at what he does... he's a wonderful person and a delight to spend the day with. You will not see...More

Thank Jennifer R
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for the kind review, and I hope the memories will stay for a very long time. And you are right. The day is a special treat for any Jane Austen fan. Many thanks, Phil

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the half day Jane Austen Dancing Years tour with Phil Howe about two weeks ago. I cannot say enough good things about this experience! This tour was amazing and insightful because Phil not only gave us insight into Jane Austen's life, but also...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly, highly recommend this tour!! The countryside is beautiful and Phil is an excellent guide. So thankful that he indulged my love for roses climbing up the quaint cottages. (We stopped and backed up for me to take pics). It is an off the...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So pleased we saw the secret rose garden, it always takes peoples breath away, and you saw it at it's best! Many thanks for the kind review, Phil

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an absolutely amazing day with Phil our tour guide! This tour is for the true Jane Austen fan as you get to tour the small crevices and cracks of the English countryside, walk the same lanes she walked, visit the great houses she’s...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks! We differ from mass tourism operators because, we are, as you say, customised, locally devised, personal, the lunch is good, and we meet local people en route.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a fun and informative tour with Phil. I consider myself a "Janeite" and was so happy to be taken places I would have struggled to find, such as her birthplace. Phil is knowledgeable of Jane Austen and has local bits that make the day...More

Thank Leah K
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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind review.....to find the places we visit on the tour on your own would be impossible, so I am glad to have helped and made your pilgrimage a success.

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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

We took the Jane Austen tour in 2016. Phil was amazing tour guide. My wife is a Jane Austen fan and this tour was a dream come true for her. Highly rated.

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Thank you for the response from an experience in 2016!

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

Today was just the greatest. As a huge Jane Austen fan, it felt my pilgrimage to see where Jane was born and spent a lot of her time. Phil was absolutely incredible with his stories, information, and gossip about the people and the town history....More

Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We had a most delightful day on the Jane Austen tour with Phil Howe. Phil had many insights into Jane Austen's life as well as the area she lived in. The tour covers places ordinary tours don't go to. Places where Jane would have gone...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Many thanks for the day, sharing my birthday and my enthusiasm for medieval graffiti! I hope you found some more in the churches you visited subsequently. It's a fascinating phenomenon.....and still there is more to learn. The F&F is good, I went back there that...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

A lovely day visiting old churches and buzzing down narrow country lanes. Phil is a knowledgeable and entertaining host. Lots of old, local gossip, some about Jane and some about other local families, and plenty of stops to gander at a hedgerow or house. Delicious...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

I was once told off for using the word, "gossip". I was told, "Its not gossip, it's catching up"! If I enthused your daughter to study more I am happy. So much to catch up on. There always is.

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Barbara C
10 October 2017|
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Response from PhilHowe | Property representative |
Hi Barbara The Jane Austen tour is more viable as Highclere is closed to the public a great deal of the year.
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Gail C
19 July 2017|
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Response from PhilHowe | Property representative |
Hi Please e-mail me the dates you would like to come and I will e-mail you back, please use the Hidden Britain Tours website to contact me, or phone 01256 844222
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