Have you ever wanted to slip away for a weekend with nothing but your favourite books for company? You’re not alone. Reading retreats – or holidays devoted exclusively to reading – are a growing tourism trend. Even business magnate Bill Gates has confessed to scheduling regular week-long reading retreats, where he pours over books he has put aside to be read.
If you’re contemplating a literary weekend away, here are ten gorgeous ideas to keep in mind.
1. Voewood House, North Norfolk, UK – Guests are offered a one-to-one session with a bibliotherapist at this reading retreat on the North Norfolk coast. With a bespoke list of literary fiction to enrich your stay, the weekends usually feature lots of evening conversation with fellow book lovers over dinner and brisk afternoon walks to the sea.
2. The Beach Hut, Cornwall, UK – An 85 year-old former teahouse located on a remote cove on the rugged, windswept coast of Cornwall. At only 510 square feet, this snug little abode provides the perfect place to curl up beside the wood burning stove with a good book. The sea-facing front porch is another favoured reading spot, where you can disappear into your novel to the rhythmic sound of waves crashing. Undisturbed bliss.