Literary inspired places to stay

Book a stay at the former holiday homes of England’s most prolific authors and poets from Tolkien’s Secret Holt to Lord Byron’s honeymoon suite.

Stay in the last home of Arthur Ransome

Stay at the last home of Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome; a cottage of which has stunning, uninterrupted view across the Rusland Valley and its backdrop of the Coniston Fells. Ransome bought Hill Top in 1960 and lived there with his wife until his death in 1967. 

Book your stay at Hill Top

Be inspired by Yorkshire poet, Dame Edith Sitwell

One of eight unique woodland suites inspired by people and places of Yorkshire, this themed suite at the North Star Club in York reflects the dapper aristocratic style of poet and stylish eccentric, Dame Edith Sitwell – a Baronet’s daughter descended from the Plantagenet’s.

Book your stay at North Star Club

Spend a night in at Jane Austen's Suite

Located in the main house of this 72 bedroom hotel, the Jane Austen Suite at Audley's Wood Hotel in Basingstoke has a bespoke pencil four poster bed, an original fireplace and an abundance of period features. Built in the 1880s, it’s surrounded by woodlands and seven acres of private grounds. 

Book your stay at Audley’s Wood Hotel

Visit Pride and Prejudice locations in Derbyshire

Local legend has it that Jane Austen stayed in the Rutland Arms Hotel in Derbyshire whilst revising the final chapters of Pride and Prejudice. True fans can opt to stay in the Jane Austen Four Poster Room and guests staying for four or more nights receive free tickets to Haddon Hall, a location used in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. 

Book your stay at The Rutland Arms

Have a romantic break at Lord Byron’s wedding location

Situated in a striking clifftop location, Seaham Hall in Durham enjoys an illustrious history which saw it being the wedding location of leading figure in the 18th century Romantic Movement, Lord Byron. Enjoy a stay in the Ada Love Lace Suite, named after Byron’s daughter. 

Book your stay at Seaham Hall Hotel

Spend a night where JRR Tolkien honeymooned

Spend a night at the site of JRR Tolkien’s honeymoon; The Plough and Harrow Hotel in Birmingham. Tolkien and his wife Edith Bratt married in 1916 and stayed at the hotel in the June of that same year. 

Book your stay at The Plough and Harrow Hotel

Stay in the holiday home of Agatha Christie

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Spend the night at Greenway Apartment the holiday home of ‘Queen of Crime’ Agatha Christie which went on to be a scene of crime in her novel 'Dead Man's Folly'. Situated in the stunning English Riviera, these holiday cottages boast glorious views of the River Dart.

Book your stay at Greenway Apartment

Retreat to Tolkien’s family home

Surrounded by moorland and in the grounds of a property where JRR Tolkien’s family once lived, The Secret Holt in Dartmoor is a magical woodland cabin that will fill your imagination with hobbits, elves and enchanting creatures.

Book your stay at The Secret Holt

Wander around Vita Sackville-West’s writing room

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Located in Sissinghurst, once home to Bloomsbury poet and writer Vita Sackville-West, Priest's House is a stunning brick building believed to be part of the former Elizabethan mansion which made up Sissinghurst Castle. Vita wrote many of her books at Sissinghurst and you can visit her old writing room in the castle tower.

Book your stay at Priest's House

Enjoy a Harry Potter-style stay in the Wizard Chambers

Concealed behind a bookcase door, guests can enjoy venturing into the Wizard Chamber at Georgian House Hotel in London, and be transported into a magical world full of marvel. Get your wands at the ready, and marvel at stained glass windows, stone walls, archways, cauldrons, four-poster beds hung with velvet curtains and an abundance of curious artefacts. 

Book your stay at the Wizard Chambers at at Georgian House Hotel

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