You can see where Jane Austen spent the last 7 1/2 years of her life, her most productive period. In the unpretentious but pleasant cottage is the table on which she penned new versions of three of her books and wrote three more, including Emma. You can also see the rector's George III mahogany bookcase and a silhouette likeness of the Reverend Austen presenting his son to the Knights. On display are examples of Austen's needlework and jewelry. In this cottage, Jane Austen became ill in 1816 with what would have been diagnosed by the middle of the 19th century as Addison's disease. She died in July 1817.
The grounds feature an attractive garden, where you can picnic, and an old bake house with Austen's donkey cart. A bookshop stocks new and secondhand books.