The Jane Austen Reading Room
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s iconic novels, The Lansdown Grove Hotel is about to launch a new reading room. From this April, guests will be able to use the newly created Jane Austen Reading Room, which is located just off the reception area. Guests will be able to learn about one of Britain’s most celebrated writers who lived in Bath and set two of her novels in the vibrant city.
Jane Austen was an English novelist famed for her works of romantic fiction. During her teenage years and into her thirties she experimented with a number of literacy forms including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned. From 1811 until 1816 she wrote four novels, those were, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.
The Jane Austen Room includes a small library of Jane Austen’s work and an Austen-themed writing desk on which guests can write their own notes and novels. Jane Milliken, General Manager at The Lansdown Grove Hotel, said: “Jane Austen is one of Britain’s most celebrated authors and her books are still widely read today. We decided to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen’s links to Bath with this room that inspires budding authors to begin work on their own novels. The Jane Austen Room will take guests back in time to experience the style and romance of Regency England. We’re expecting the room to be very popular among literature fans.”
Guests at the hotel will also receive 10% off Jane Austen books purchased at the nearby Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights bookshop.
If you are looking for a break away in Bath you may want to visit during The Jane Austen Festival, which is from 13th to 21st September. If that is not soon enough The Lansdown Grove offers two and three night weekend breaks as well as four night midweek breaks.
If you’re a Jane Austen fan, we would like to hear which of her novels you love and why?