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Hidden Britain Tours

28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
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More than just a Jane Austen tour!

If I could give this tour 10 stars, I would! Our family of 6 (2 adults, 3 girls ages 17, 15, 12... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kakelsch
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
An excellent peek into the life of Jane Austen!

My mother and I recently went on this tour at the recommendation of one of her friends and had a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lizpags
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New York City, New York
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28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could give this tour 10 stars, I would! Our family of 6 (2 adults, 3 girls ages 17, 15, 12 and 1 boy age 9) spent the day with Phil touring significant places in the life of Jane Austen. My oldest daughter is...More

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

Many thanks for the kind review! I am so pleased the whole family loved it, and very pleased that nine year olds enjoyed the stories too. I will never forget his comment after I gave him a musket ball from the siege of Basing House,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mother and I recently went on this tour at the recommendation of one of her friends and had a fabulous time. Phil leads a fascinating tour around the English countryside where Jane Austen spent much of her formative years. It is a quick day...More

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

Many thanks for the review. It was a great day. And the lunch was good, as ever, at the Fur & Feathers.

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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

We highly recommend this tour. Phil is warm and knowledgeable, and takes his guests to the best of Austen’s Hampshire, peppering the conversation with direct quotes from Jane’s letters and novels. My husband and 17 year old son joined me—somewhat reluctantly, but in good sport—and...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2018

Many thanks for the kind review....scratch an acre of England and there is always a history and a story.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This tour was superb, despite our visit being in the middle of a snowstorm, the weather held out for us. Phil was very knowledgeable of the subject and carried further documentation in his fantastic new vehicle about every site that we visited. He lives in...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2018

The last few days in England have been bitterly cold with drifting snow and icy road conditions. We, however, had a great day, with a new car, and the weather was relatively benign. The Hampshire landscape was transformed by, " hedges freaked with snow".(Robert Frost),...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Well it was as amazing. We are from Australia and daughter is a mad Jane Austen fan. Phil who runs the tour was just so knowledgeable. We took the train from London to Basingstoke, Phil awaiting for us book in hand. Into his car and...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2018

Many thanks! The cheese soufflé is always a big hit!

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Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

This tour was absolutely wonderful! My cousin and I set off from London (we are visiting from California) and met up with our guide Phil, a man with so many facts and stories about Jane and her family. The time period she lived in, the...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2018

Many thanks for your last sentence!

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Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

My sister-in-law, teenage niece, and I did the day tour with Phil, and it was one of the most memorable and enjoyable parts of our week-long trip to England. Phil takes you to all the places that were important in Austen’s life at Steventon and...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2018

Many thanks for the kind review, even in the winter the tour is valuable as the countryside is stripped bare and one can often see more. Lunch at the Fur & Feathers is always good, Hampshire Pub of the Year! Very glad to have inspired...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

I had a wonderful day on the tour with Phil. Phil is so knowledgeable on Jane Austen and the people she socialized with in the area. During the tour, you see the places Jane called upon and went dancing, places she worshipped, where she was...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2018

Many thanks for your last line!

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

What a dream come true. Phil was so knowledgeable and funny and a great guide for the day. He did not just rattle off facts, He tells about Jane’s life with real interest and passion. He also gave us all kinds of good tidbits about...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2017

If I can make dreams come true I feel I have done my job! The Fur & Feathers where we have lunch is a great family run pub, awarded Hampshire Pub of the Year, a well deserved accolade, with seasonal, locally sourced food. Seeing the...More

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Reviewed November 29, 2017

My friend and I did the half day tour. We would have liked to do the full day tour, but we had prior commitments. This was, by far, one of the best parts of my trip to England. Phil (our guide) was just delightful. No...More

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

In the half day morning tour we still saw a great deal of Jane Austen's countryside, churches, country houses, lanes, and the conversations were brilliant! I will keep you posted re 12 Hours!

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Barbara C
October 10, 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
July 19, 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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Gail C
July 3, 2015|
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Hi I am free on the 15th August, please e-mail me through my websit for further details, Kind regards, Phil
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