Literary lunches

Discover Pittleworth Manor and explore the literary setting of the English Country House. Join Dr Esther Fernandez for our range of unique seminars in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. For lovers of good books, good food and good conversation.

Pittleworth Manor

A Tudor house nestled in the Test Valley, just outside of Stockbridge. Find out more about Pittleworth’s secrets: from incredible discoveries to a haunting reputation.

My bookshelf

Our recommended reads and seminar favourites. Whether you’re looking for perfect accompaniment to a Literary Lunch gift voucher, or to treat yourself to a country house classic.

 Upcoming Literary Lunches

20/09/2019

The Interior of the Country House

£79.00

The rooms inside literary country houses create some of the most memorable images in literature from the red rooms in Jane Eyre to the morning room at Manderley. How do authors tackle the task of describing the interiors of country houses? How do those interiors reflect and affect the characters? And why are we as […]

11/10/2019

The Haunted Country House

£79.00

What (in literary terms) are ghosts and how do novelists use them? What extra dimension does the country house bring to the subject of the supernatural? Pittleworth itself used to be considered a haunted house: giving us an opportunity to consider how the practicalities of living in a country house contributed to the idea of […]

08/11/2019

Children of the Country House

£79.00

The children who lived in country houses, both in novels and in reality, can be a very ‘unchildlike’ lot: precocious, tragic, frightening or sickmakingly angelic. This is unsurprising, given the strange lives that they led, growing up surrounded by pampered veneration, (benign?) neglect, or almost sadistic treatment, among other experiences. Unsurprisingly, their situation has proved […]

06/12/2019

The Country-House Party

£79.00

It is amazing that anyone ever accepts an invitation to a country-house party — at least if they read novels. The high possibility of being seduced, financially or socially ruined, robbed or murdered seem rather a high price to pay for the glamour (which cannot always be assumed), the grandeur and the chance to participate […]

Please note that novels are quoted here to give a sense of the theme of the day; they may not reflect novels read from and discussed on the day.

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