An apartment that was once home to Jane Austen and her family is now available to rent on Airbnb.
The art-filled enclave is set in the heart of the beautiful and historic city of Bath, and boasts eclectic and vintage-style interiors. Culturally and historically important, it was the Austen family's home from 1801 to 1805.
Walls literally teem with artwork and shelves overflow with curious objects. The rustic stone floors lead to a courtyard that seems far removed from the modern world, yet is just five minutes to the city centre, and faces Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens.
The cute kitchen is stocked with high-quality cookware, and a five-burner mercury range, and overlooks the sunny, rose-clad courtyard.
The room off the kitchen features luxurious Victorian armchairs, a chaise sofa, and original Georgian panelling and floors.
The dining area features a William IV Indian rosewood dining table and sideboard, and early 19th century Indian caned chairs.
The study area boasts a leather-topped Victorian partners’ desk, and you can conjure up images of Jane hard at work in this very spot.
The living room has a cosy velvet sofa and rustic-charm faded painted wall cupboards, along with more art bringing the space to life.
The bathroom has been newly refitted and comprises luxurious rainfall shower, underfloor heating, and heated mirror. And the bedroom is super-chic with a dark wood bed and splashes of that colour-popping art work.
Jane started work on her early and unfinished novella, 'The Watsons' in this house. It's bursting with antique furniture, some of which has been in the current family for generations, offering a unique and authentic slice of history all round.
The home is available to rent via Airbnb (opens in new tab).
Ruth Doherty is an experienced digital writer and editor specializing in interiors, travel and lifestyle. With 20 years of writing for national sites under her belt, she’s worked for the likes of Livingetc.com, Standard, Ideal Home, Stylist and Marie Claire as well as Homes & Gardens.
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