Jane Austen’s Dream Home is Yours to Rent

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If you’ve ever dreamed of lodging in a twelve-bedroom, 18th Century mansion that inspired one of English literature’s greatest novels, you should consider renting Goodnestone.

What does this have to do with Jane Austen? She was actually a frequent visitor to the grand estate long before she became famous, before she even wrote Pride and Prejudice. Her brother, Edward, married into the family who owned Goodnestone at the time, and his wife, Elizabeth, became a favorite with Jane. Shortly after a long visit with her brother’s family, she began work on her most famous novel, and it is widely believed that Goodnestone and its extensive grounds influenced the grand mansions of Pride and Prejudice.

It’s easy to see why Austen was so inspired. If the house doesn’t sell you, the gardens will. Goodnestone has every kind of garden you can imagine. These include a walled garden, a woodland garden, parklands, terraces, a parterre, and several kinds of arboretums. That isn’t even a complete list. It doesn’t matter if you need an outdoor space to stroll, read, play croquet, or go LARPing in full costume. This place has everything. Although, being a home of nobility, the LARPing would probably be frowned upon. Alas.

The house was recently refurbished and is now available for rent – or at least parts of it are. Since the surrounding grounds are technically considered parkland, you would not be able to enjoy your new home alone. Not only would tours likely pass through much of the house, but the gardens would always be abuzz with company – welcome or otherwise. Really, though, wouldn’t you need some extra voices and footsteps to fill the cavernous twelve-bedroom mansion?

What do you think? Would it be worth the compromise to live in Jane Austen’s world?


M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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