Suffering from writers’ block? A change of scenery, to somewhere more secluded, picturesque and inspiring might be the answer you’re looking for. Wild landscapes, expert help and solitude — a good retreat can make all the difference. So, feed your soul, lose yourself in your work, and escape it all at one of these five writing sanctums.
Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset, UK
The rolling green countryside of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset has inspired writers for many, many years. The south-facing window in Monkton Wyld Court’s writers’ retreat room has a large desk that looks across gardens, meadows and hills. Run and maintained by a resident community, this education centre for sustainable living hosts a range of courses and gatherings. As a resident writer, you are able to stay at the property for a number of weeks, allowing you to concentrate on your work. Lunch and dinner tends to be a social affair, taken with the community in the residents’ dining room.
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Glencanisp Lodge, Lochinver, Scotland
Owned by the local community, Glencanisp Lodge is pretty unique. With no in-room TV or Wi-Fi, the outside world won’t distract you from the pure escapism of this incredible place. Located in the heart of the North West Highland Geo-park, it’s surrounded by 44,000 acres of community-owned land, where the wild and rugged wilderness will inspire and revive you. Look out for residential courses, retreats and workshops, or simply stay here in the wilds of Scotland and write.
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The Betsy – South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
The Betsy is a beach-side resort hotel with an creative agenda, delivering wide-ranging arts and culture programmes, live music and exhibitions. However, it’s the Writer’s Room that writers will most likely be interest in. A working studio space, it’s a nod to the pre-WW2 hotel rooms that offered guests a space to write. The desk in this room once belonged to wartime poet Hyam Plutzik, whose son Jonathan now owns the hotel. Emerging writers can apply for a residency. In return for a free stay, writers usually contribute to Betsy’s blog and speak about their work at a community event.
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Hotel Belleclaire, New York
With views of Broadway, Hotel Belleclaire is a writer’s dream. You could easily hole up in the expansive Broadway King Room for a few days, just you and your laptop – or typewriter – on the work desk. With the same Broadway views, the Mark Twain Suite has a wooden writing desk and Twain memorabilia on the walls. Out on the streets of NYC there’s no shortage of inspiration – or relief. If a bit of buzz inspires you, this is the place to be.
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Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, Costa Rica
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge claims to be a slice of paradise and a living classroom. A rainforest lodge and educational centre, it offers peace, adventure and a little bit of luxury. Aside from conservation and natural living, the centre hosts some pretty enlightening retreats, including writing retreats. Book a private bungalow or ‘Casa de Barro’, a clay earth-bag house in a lovely, private setting. Take advantage of yoga and meditation at the Yoga Pavilion, and enjoy the spa, jacuzzi, pool and restaurant.
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