This gorgeous stately home in the Kent countryside was a favourite of writer Jane Austen, who regularly holidayed there and the family home of her sister-in-law Elizabeth Austen. Some say the author, whose face will adorn the new £10 bank note (from 14 September) used it as inspiration for settings in her famous novels.  2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the author’s death at the age of just 41, making this autumn and Christmas the perfect time to experience life as an Austen hero or heroine.

GOODNESTONE PARK 

Goodnestone Park is a privately-owned Palladian house in the heart of the Kent countryside. Dating back to the 1700s, Goodnestone has been recently restored to its magnificent glory, with no expense spared on luxurious finishing touches. Sleeping 24 guests, this classic Queen Anne house is perfect for large families or groups of friends, and is sure to play host to parties as magnificent as the house itself.

There are 12 bedrooms, mostly en suite, bedecked with antique furnishings and decorated in style. Downstairs are five superb reception rooms, perfect for parties and entertaining, and a newly-fitted kitchen-breakfast room. With the option of hiring the house fully-catered, guests needn’t lift a finger and can instead relax in surroundings fit for an Austen heroine.

It is the property’s grounds though, that truly makes Goodnestone so spectacular.  The house is nestled in an estate of some 2,000 acres and guests will enjoy everything from a cricket pitch with its own pavilion, croquet lawn, and fabulous walled garden, and may half expect Mr Darcy to come strolling across the rolling parkland. Guests can explore the charming city of Canterbury just seven miles away, enjoy riding and shooting in the east Kent countryside or take a tour of the local vineyards.

Price: For a party of 18, one week’s self-catering at Goodnestone is available from £6,100. A 2-night weekend starts from £3,900 or 3-nights from £4,350.

Avenue boasts an exceptional portfolio of 750 houses: an unrivalled collection of luxurious properties, each hand-picked by the company’s owner Annabel Brooks. Properties drip with historic significance, architectural splendour and design credentials, and can come with those important little extras, such as Michelin-level caterers and chauffeur-driven cars. 

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