"the mention of Sotherton Court"
Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire
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 Many of the descriptions of Sotherton Court are said to be based on aspects (both internal and external) of Stoneleigh Abbey, which Jane Austen visited in 1806. She travelled there with her mother, her sister and her mother's cousin, the Reverend Thomas Leigh, who expected to inherit the estate.