Grab your passport, coziest pair of slippers, and your reading glasses: you can now live your wildest fairytale fantasies and spend the night in a gorgeous, neo-Gothic library in the Welsh village of Hawarden.
Founded by former British Prime Minister William Gladstone in the 1800s, the Gladstone Library claims to be the “finest” residential library in the United Kingdom, and is open to curious, open-minded, scholarly, and creative individuals and groups looking for a quiet space to read, study, write, think, and find inspiration.
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Acclaimed researchers, historians, novelists, playwrights, and poets alike have been drawn to the Victorian space over the years. Among the vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and comfy armchairs, you’ll find 150,000 books on subjects like literature, history, and politics, along with Gladstone-annotated copies of Homer; Dante; Walter Scott; and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And if the long 19th century isn’t your preferred genre, the library offers recently published books for contemporary readers to enjoy as well.
Link to the rest plus some nice photos at Travel+Leisure