"The house was built in Elizabeth's time, and is a large regular brick building"
Elizabeth 1 of England
Public DomainElizabeth 1 of England - Credit: attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) reigned from 1558 until her death.

As mentioned previously, the fictional Sotherton is thought to be partly based on Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire (the home of Jane Austen's relatives) which was completed in 1561, and could certainly be described as 'a large regular brick building - heavy but respectably looking ...' (see bookmark p.50).