Property of the week
A country house with connections to Jane Austen
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;