The Jane Austen Room
One of the standout features of the house is the Jane Austen Room, situated on the first floor. The room boasts views onto the east-facing box hedge parterre, planted by Charlotte Molesworth to mark the millennium.
This room is named after the 19th-century novelist Jane Austen, who spent time at the estate after her brother, Edward, married into the family in 1791. Edward and Elizabeth Bridges shared their wedding day with Elizabeth’s sister, Sophie, who married William Deedes. This double wedding is believed to have inspired the double wedding scene in Pride and Prejudice. Jane began writing it in 1796, shortly after a visit to the estate.