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April 2015 / Travel / by Cassia Geller

By the book

Book worms, lit-lovers, bibliophiles – whatever you choose to call yourselves – rejoice! It’s time to come out of the library; we’re off on a holiday, of the very well-read kind, no less. As of Friday, the ‘Town and Country Literary Escape’ offers erudite types the chance to head off on a proper adventure – taking in the most inspiring spots of some of our best-loved authors.

Endsleigh 1

The six-night trip kicks off in the heart of Mayfair, at Brown’s Hotel (main image) – beloved of the likes of Agatha Christie, who based At Betram’s Hotel on this Albermarle Street institution, and Rudyard Kipling, who wrote The Jungle Book from its hallowed halls (or, perhaps, their Kipling Suite). After two delightfully decadent days gallivanting around and calling room service in the centre of town (how often can you say that?!), guests travel to Devon’s historic Hotel Endsleigh (above) for another hit of literary history – this is, after all, the backdrop for Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles, and a famous inspiration for Christie, too. Then it’s off to the picture-perfect Cornish fishing village of St. Mawes, to the Hotel Tresanton (below), where guests can get deep into Daphne du Maurier land – also the setting of Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers. What’s more, while literary history and five-star luxury everywhere abound, guests are also gifted with a proper holiday’s-worth of fitting reading fodder on arrival. Reading Rebecca on the moody Cornish coast? Yes please.

Tresanton 2

Available from 10 April until 13 September 2015. Prices from £1,990 for six-night package, B&B.