Prop­erty of the week

A coun­try house with con­nec­tions to Jane Austen

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

This home has a distin­guished lit­er­ary pedi­gree, writes Is­abelle Fraser.

Scar­letts was built in the 1760s for Mr and Mrs James Leigh Per­rot, the ma­ter­nal un­cle and aunt of Jane Austen. She reg­u­larly vis­ited them in this house, and wrote them let­ters.

Ac­cord­ing to a bi­og­ra­phy of the famed nov­el­ist by David Ce­cil, her vis­its to this house “con­trib­uted to her ed­u­ca­tion as a nov­el­ist, for they gave her the first chance to ob­serve hu­man na­ture as it dis­played it­self in town life and with all the added va­ri­ety of char­ac­ter and dif­fer­ing so­cial mi­lieux that town life af­fords”.

The house is lo­cated in Kiln Green, to the north west of Read­ing, near Twyford.

It is a Ge­or­gian mas­ter­piece, and has been Grade II listed. It has been care­fully re­stored by its cur­rent own­ers to pre­serve de­tails such as its orig­i­nal fire­places, deep skirt­ings and or­nate cor­nic­ing. The oak pan­elling dates to 1610 and is dec­o­rated with coats of arms of cathe­dral cities.

The house has high ceil­ings and large pro­por­tions in its six bed­rooms. There are four re­cep­tion rooms in­clud­ing a li­brary and a fam­ily snug, and it sits in more than an acre of land. It also has a cel­lar with a bar and games room, and a de­tached dou­ble garage that con­tains an of­fice.

It is on the mar­ket for £3.5mil­lion with Sav­ills (01491 843000;


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