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By Deborah Yaffe, Aug 22 2013 01:00PM

Janeite fantasies don't get much more fantastic than this: Cassandra's Cup, the tea shop located directly opposite Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, is for sale, reports Jane Austen's Regency World magazine.


Surely even the most determinedly urban Janeite can't entirely resist the romantic vision of a life lived directly opposite the very country cottage where Austen wrote or revised all her novels. The property even comes with a two-bedroom apartment -- not to mention throngs of tourists dropping in for their mid-pilgrimage cuppas.


"The business might well suit a Janeite looking for a ‘lifestyle’ opportunity," the magazine opines. Or just a Janeite writer hoping some fairy dust will brush off on her.


The catch? (You knew there must be one.) The price tag is 650,000 pounds -- just over $1 million at the current exchange rate. If only I had a few Cisco shares to sell. . .


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