Visiting us

Naturetrek's head office occupies a beautiful barn conversion set amongst a pleasant 12-acre grassland site in the village of Chawton, just a few minutes’ drive from the market town of Alton.

As well as discussing your travel plans with us, there’s a lot to do in the nearby towns and villages and their surrounds. Chawton Cottage, where Jane Austen lived for the last eight years of her short life, is a popular tourist attraction that is open to the public year-round (and now better-known as Jane Austen's House Museum). The magnificent Elizabethan manor, Chawton House, the former home of Jane Austen's brother, is now a museum of women's literature and is also open to the public, together with its gardens. Both are just a short walk from Mingledown Barn.

A few miles away lies the village of Selborne, made famous through the writings of its curate in the late 18th century, the Reverend Gilbert White, the founding father of natural history studies in Britain with his Natural History of Selborne. He created the famous 'zig-zag' walk up the Hanger, a striking escarpment supporting a woodland of towering Beech trees that can be seen from Mingledown Barn. Nearby, too, is Noar Hill Nature Reserve, a complex of ancient chalk pits supporting a rich variety of orchids and other downland flowers, plus a wealth of butterflies, from its Duke of Burgundies in May to its Brown Hairstreaks in late summer.

Just to the north is the market town of Alton where the Watercress Line steam railway makes it way through the Hampshire countryside to the small attractive Georgian town of Alresford. 

There is a range of Bed & Breakfast and hotel accommodation nearby, so, should you wish to stay longer to explore the area, we would be pleased to arrange accommodation for you.


For friendly expert advice call us on: +44 (0)1962 733051

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 17:30

Saturday: 9:00 – 13:00

Sunday: Closed


Christmas Opening Hours

Saturday 23rd Dec: 09:00 – 13:00

Sunday 24th Dec: Closed

Monday 25th Dec (Christmas Day): Closed

Tuesday 26th Dec (Boxing Day): Closed

Wednesday 27th Dec: 08:30 – 17:30

Thursday 28th Dec: 08:30 – 17:30

Friday 29th Dec: 08:30 – 17:30

Saturday 30th Dec: 09:00 – 13:00

Sunday 31st Dec: Closed

Monday 1st Jan (New Year’s Day): Closed

Tuesday 2nd Jan: 08:30 – 17:30



Jane Austen's house museum, Chawton


Duke of Burgundy


Musk Orchids

To arrange a visit

It’s best to phone or email first to ensure an appointment can be made for you to see the staff member best suited to discuss your interests. Please just phone us on 01962 733051, or contact via email if you prefer.

How to find us

Our address:

Mingledown Barn, Wolf's Lane, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3HJ