Whether you curl up in front of the fire with a thriller or relax on the beach with a romantic novel, holiday reading is often an integral part of getting away from it all. Rocco Forte’s Town and Country Literary Escape package makes it the centre of the holiday, offering fiction fans a tour of England’s literary landscape that is sure to capture the imagination.
This six-night package starts at Brown’s in the heart of London’s Mayfair. This historic hotel inspired Agatha Christie’s novel At Bertram’s Hotel and is also the place where Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, his classic volume of stories set in India: you will find copies of both books in your room. The hotel’s rich heritage and host of colourful previous guests are sure to enrich your stay, while its location is within walking distance of two of London’s leading literary institutions: the London Library and Peter Harrington Rare Books, a store that specialises in antiquarian and rare titles.
After spending two nights in the city, guests escape to the country for a two-night stay at Devon’s Hotel Endsleigh. The house is set in 108 acres of gardens with plenty of reading spots to explore. The rugged, sometimes inhospitable landscape of nearby Dartmoor inspired two of history’s finest murder mystery novels; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles and Christie’s And Then There Were None.
The final stop on this delightful tour takes you further west to Hotel Tresanton in the seaside town of St Mawes, Cornwall. The hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the local area, including Fowey, Daphne du Maurier’s former home, and Lamorna Cove, one of the settings of Rosamunde Pilcher’s novel The Shell Seekers. The galleries of St Ives and the renowned Barbara Hepworth Museum are also within easy reach, making the perfect ending to your own literary adventure story.
The package is available from 10 April until 13 September and prices start at £1,990 for six nights.