What could be more tempting for an avid reader than escaping everyday life to go and sit by the sea and bury yourself in a book? I did some delightful armchair research to find these 4 recommendations for British reading retreats.
Since Britain’s beautiful coastline is one of its best features, I took inspiration from the wonderful scenery and historic buildings there.
Clavell Tower Dorset
Built in 1830, this 4-storey tower has a room on each level. It sleeps 2, and at £200+ per night, will make a bit of a hole in your book budget, but is probably worth it for the views and seclusion.
Cley Windmill Norfolk
This one’s a gorgeous bed and breakfast in the delightful village of Cley in North Norfolk. As a bonus, it’s mere steps to Crabpot Books to stock up on reading material. Be sure to stretch your legs, too: there are some wonderful walking options on this coast.
The Shore Cottages Berriedale
Another option from the Landmark Trust, this time in Scotland, this tiny cottage was originally a fisherman’s home. North of Inverness, this is a remote spot, and I’d suggest would be best enjoyed in high summer. The accommodation is fairly humble but you’ll have direct access to the beach. As British reading retreats go, this is probably one of the loneliest, but most potentially inspiring.
Jabba The Beach Hut Southwold
We’ll forgive the name of this one, since it’s an excellent example of a wonderful British tradition: your own little shelter at the beach. You won’t be able to spend the night here, but with a starting rate of £38 per day, you can buy yourself some bargain escape time. Personally, I’d be tempted to rent this in the cooler months and snuggle under a blankie to watch the waves.
Incidentally, on the other side of the world, if you enjoyed these British options, you might love this gorgeous New Zealand dairy farm which stole my heart.
What’s the most enchanting place you’ve ever escaped to, whether with a book or not? Do you have any other British reading retreats to recommend?