Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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 It is an elegant country manor and garden. The house was rebuilt by its last owner, Ralph Dutton, after a catastrophic fire in 1960. The beautifully proportioned rooms house his collection of ceramics and art. It is the sort of house in which we could imagine ourselves living with a homely and accessible feel. Unfortunately there was scaffolding along the south terrace of the house, as they are having the windows painted. This meant that some of the beautiful vistas usually visible from the windows were hidden. It is an elegant country manor and garden. The house was rebuilt by its last owner, Ralph Dutton, after a catastrophic fire in 1960. The beautifully proportioned rooms house his collection of ceramics and art. It is the sort of house in which we could imagine ourselves living with a homely and accessible feel. Unfortunately there was scaffolding along the south terrace of the house, as they are having the windows painted. This meant that some of the beautiful vistas usually visible from the windows were hidden.
  
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 +Next we rejoined the coach for the short trip to Jane Austen'​s House in Chawton. This was her last home where she lived with her mother and sister Cassandra from 1809 until she died in 1817. Here she revised her earlier manuscript novels //Sense and Sensibility//,​ //Pride and Prejudice// and //​Northanger Abbey// and also wrote //Mansfield Park//, //Emma// and //​Persuasion//​.
  
 +This is another homely building and our visit started off with a short video of what we were about to enjoy. The collection is relatively small but comprises objects of international significance including manuscript letters from Jane Austen and many of her music books with pieces transcribed in her own hand. Other important objects include: her writing table, some of her jewellery and the patchwork quilt made Jane, her mother and Cassandra. A large part of the collection includes other Austen family items and furniture. ​ It was a fascinating insite into the life of one of our most famous authoresses. ​
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 +We were also able to visit the nearby café - Cassandra'​s Cup - for a cream tea and a welcome sit down.
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 +Photographs by Veronica Smith and Chris Senior.
  

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