Build a break around some of the residences that England's most famous authors have called home. After all, why stay in a normal holiday let when you could be staying in Agatha Christie's holiday home.
A trip to Greta Hall is one to be savoured. Not only is its Lake District setting like something out of a storybook, the home is stuffed to the rafters with literary history and its current owners are brimming with enthusiasm to share its storied past. The home was frequented by the Lake Poets and has hosted prominent historic figures, along with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan who stayed here more recently in season one of The Trip.
Beloved by the foremost Victorian novelist – arguably one of the most famous writers in the history of English literature – the seaside resort town of Broadstairs is still home to Charles Dickens' holiday haunts. Dickens spent most of his summers at 40 Albion Street between 1837 and 1859, which is now part of The Royal Albion Hotel. It was there that he wrote the classic Nicholas Nickleby and the nearby, clifftop home Bleak House where he wrote the novel of the same name as well as much of David Copperfield. Both properties offer accommodation.
South of Torquay in Devon, along the banks of the River Dart, mystery writer Agatha Christie spent holidays with her family playing croquet and relaxing in the sunshine. The National Trust gives you the opportunity to do the same on your holidays by letting out the Greenway apartment – the first and second floors of Agatha Christie's Greenway House. The apartment sleeps eight in four bedrooms and offers access to the enchanting Greenway garden.
Tucked away in the village of Old Bedhampton near Havant is The Old Mill House, where John Keats finished his poem 'The Eve of St. Agnes' in 1819 and also spent his last night in England in 1820. There have been a few adjustments to the place since then, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, but you can still enjoy the simple pastoral pleasures that inspired Keats on the house’s terrace overlooking a lake.
To get a sense of how the Bloomsbury Set lived, head to Virginia Woolf's holiday home in Rodmell, East Sussex. One of the most famous intellectuals of the interwar period, a renowned novelist and feminist essayist, Woolf and her husband, scholar Leonard Woolf, spent years at Monk's House entertaining their influential friends. The garden overlooking the South Downs, where Virginia's writing shed still stands, is also home to a cosy studio cottage big enough for couples.
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