10 of the best hotels with literary links: our favourite hotels, linked to authors past

10 of the best hotels with literary links: our favourite hotels, linked to authors past

The Headland

Newquay, Cornwall

You may recognise this award-winning hotel (above right) with its stunning views of the Cornish coast, as it was the setting for the Roald Dahl film adaptation of The Witches. The Headland is also now home to Cornwall’s largest, and only ‘five bubble-rated’ spa, with direct access to the beach, and views of the Atlantic. Rooms from £79 per night B&B based on two sharing. Call 01637 872211 or visit www.headlandhotel.co.uk

Bleak House

Broadstairs, Kent

A luxurious restoration of Bleak House means fans of Charles Dickens can now stay under the same roof as he once did. The mansion was the Dickens’ summer home. Rooms are named after his novels and characters, £135pn B&B for ‘Little Doritt’s Classic Double’. Call 01843 865338 or visit www.bleakhousebroadstairs.co.uk

Moonfleet Manor

Weymouth, Dorset

This Georgian building overlooks Chesil Beach, but the hotel is linked to John Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet, with the manor supposedly inspiring the magistrate’s house in that book. Rooms are named after Falkner’s characters; from £120pn B&B. Call 0844 482 2152 or visit www.moonfleetmanorhotel.co.uk

The Brontë Hotel

Haworth, West Yorkshire

This hotel sits near the home of the Brontë sisters (Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre). There’s also the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway nearby, where scenes from The Railway Children were filmed. From £72pn for a double. Call 01535 644112 or visit www.bronte-hotel.co.uk

Kipling Hotel

Rue Blanche, Paris

Between Montmartre and the Opera district is this picture-perfect testament to the author of The Jungle Book and Just So Stories. The boutique hotel recreates Rudyard Kipling’s house, with clear influences from the age of the British Empire abroad. From 145 euros (pn). Call (+33)155 319 199 (France) or visit http://en.kipling-hotel.com

Mercure Shakespeare Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

As if the bard needed any introduction! This impressive Tudor hotel is set in the heart of William Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s home to the aptly-named Othello Restaurant and Quill Bar & Lounge. Rooms cost from £110pn B&B (though can be from as little as £90 in low season). Call the Essential Hotels Reservation Hotline on 0118 971 4700 or visit www.shakespeare-hotel.com

La Rosa Hotel

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Lewis Carroll is said to have enjoyed many a stay at what is now the La Rosa Hotel – which may account for its quirky, antique and vintage-themed interior! Find it on the
town’s west cliff – the magnificent sea views from its tearoom are not to be sniffed at. Rooms from £135pn B&B. Call 01947 606981 or visit www.larosa.co.uk/hotel

Stone House Hotel

Sedbusk, North Yorkshire

The gardener of Stone House Hotel was Percy Jeeves, who turned out to be a brilliant cricketer. It was his prowess on the pitch that got him noticed by PG Wodehouse, and though Percy gave his life in the Battle of the Somme, his name lives on in literary history. B&B from £60 per person, discounted breaks available. Call 01969 667571 or visit www.stonehousehotel.co.uk

The Langham

Regent St, London

This fine establishment became home to bookworms for just one evening in 1889, when JM Stoddart of Lippincott’s magazine invited Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde to dinner. The grandeur clearly impressed and inspired, as the authors’ respective works The Sign of (the) Four and The Picture of Dorian Gray were published by Lippincotts the following year. Rooms from £252 per night! Call 0207 636 1000 or visit www.langhamhotels.co.uk

The Old Swan Hotel

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Dating back to the 19th Century, The Old Swan played host to Agatha Christie in 1926, when she mysteriously disappeared. After ten days of dances and dining unobserved, she was recognised by a banjo player and the hunt for her – the first English search to ever use aeroplanes – was officially over. Nowadays rooms cost from £98 per night B&B based on two sharing. Call 0844 693 2964 or visit www.classiclodges.co.uk/The_Old_Swan_Hotel_Harrogate


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