Stay in writers’ residences, explore the settings for their best-known works and enjoy an amazing break at these stunning literary-themed holiday homes.
Whether you’re a reader, writer or just searching for a peaceful escape, there’s no better place to find your own inspiration.
Beatrix Potter created an even-more idyllic portrait of the Lakes with her tales of Peter Rabbit and friends, and once you visit The Cottage near Coniston you will see why. Adjoining her 17th century farmhouse, it offers beautiful views of woodland and mountains.
Built by Thomas Hardy’s father, Greenwood Grange offers many amazing holiday properties in the gorgeous Dorset surrounds (made famous by the writer as ‘Upper Mellstock’). Set in 4 acres of grounds, enjoy tennis, indoor pool, sauna, children’s play area and more at this gorgeous luxury property.
You might imagine the place where Bram Stoker dreamed up Dracula to be slightly less hospitable than Bram’s Place in Whitby. But pay a visit and you’ll find a scenic, cosy apartment with lovely sea views and appropriate accoutrements – including a writing bureau and copy of the book to keep you awake till sunrise.
Fans of classic crime and beautiful holiday homes will be delighted with a Devon break at Greenway Apartment. Former summer residence of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, Greenway is now managed by the National Trust. There are plenty of the writer’s items on display, including the typewriter she used to write many of her classic mysteries!
Relatively unchanged since when the Brontes walked its streets, visiting the village of Haworth is like stepping back in time. Bay Cottage is a lovely traditional cottage just a few yards from the high street and close to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, former home to the sisters and their brother Branwell. This unique property offers arched stone ceilings and a glass floor over an old well amongst many other charms.
Not only does a stay at Chandlers Cottage in Laugharne offer a lovely luxury holiday home that sleeps 8, but, it also allows you to explore the hometown of Dylan Thomas: inspiration for his seminal Under Milk Wood. Amazing waterside views and a hot tub will provide you with your own inspiration at this lovely luxury property.
Elliott Terrace in Devon was the home of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Spectacular views across the historic Plymouth Hoe await at Mayflower Apartment, as does a wonderfully relaxing experience. Enjoy the outdoor lido swimming pool and the historic Barbican, before returning to the complete comfort of the property.
Ted Hughes was equally besotted with the wild landscapes of Yorkshire, something he put down to his early years in Mytholmroyd. If you’re looking for inspiration yourself, or just want somewhere cosy from which to explore beautiful Yorkshire, (and write about when you get back home – there’s a writing desk in Hughes’ old bedroom) then this cosy accommodation for two is just the ticket.