Housebuilder lends support for vital repairs to Jane Austen's house museum

16 October 2017

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton has been presented with a cheque for £500 by local retirement housebuilders, McCarthy and Stone, to help towards the much-needed repairs and restorations to protect Jane Austen’s House. The donation is part of a year-long series of events and fundraising to mark the 200th year anniversary of the author’s death. 

McCarthy and Stone, which has named its new Retirement Living Plus development on Lower Turk Street in Alton, Austen Place, as a tribute to the author, hopes the donation will help towards urgent remedial works to the bowing front wall of the iconic house. 

Museum Curator, Mary Guyatt, comments: “We’re incredibly grateful to McCarthy and Stone for its generous donation. We take every effort to take great care of Jane’s precious home, and we greatly appreciate the support from local businesses to help meet the costs of vital building repairs to the author’s Grade I listed former home, and to ensure that we can continue to welcome thousands of visitors each year.” 

Kim Caldwell, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone Southern, said: “It’s so important we celebrate this renowned author, in the 200th anniversary of her death, and protect this treasured local site for future generations to enjoy. 

“We know our homeowners will really relish the opportunity to come and visit the home of one of Britain’s most-loved authors and the place where she completed all her celebrated works. It’s one of the things that makes Alton such a magical and inspiring place to live, and we are honoured, having joined this fantastic community in the last year, as we prepare to launch off plan sales from November.

Austen Place is already proving extremely popular amongst local retirees with its picturesque location near the banks of the River Wey and impressive facilities. Exclusively for those aged 70 and over, the development which is currently under construction, will consist of 56 one and two bedroom apartments, alongside beautiful landscaped gardens that will be fully maintained by expert gardeners, and convenient on-site parking. Each apartment will also have its own ground floor terrace or private balcony, and there is a fantastic table service restaurant on site as well as a guest suite for when friends and family come to stay. 

Those interested in Retirement Living Plus at McCarthy and Stone’s Austen Place development are invited to call 0800 201 4739 or click here for further information.

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