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literary literary breaks breaks; TENgreat... With World Book Day approaching, here are some literary-themed breaks to get you in the mood for reading.

1. Penthouse perfection To The Lighthouse and beyond As inspiration for To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Godrevy lighthouse is an iconic landmark on the west Cornwall coastline. Woolf spent her childhood holidays in St Ives and the scenery's changed little since. Enjoy wonderful views of this spectacular bay from the aptly-named Godrevy penthouse at the recently-opened Tide House hotel, a luxury bolthole close to St Ives' harbour, shops, galleries and restaurants.

A two-night stay in the Godrevy room costs from PS195pp (two sharing) including a delicious home-cooked breakfast.

Call The Tide House on 01736 791803 (

2. Scandi-crime fiction in Fjallbacka, Sweden The top-selling Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg sets her crime fiction tales in Fjallbacka - a fishing village on Sweden's west coast (90 minutes north of Gothenburg). Her latest novel, The Lost Boy, will be released in the UK on March 14, and fans can follow in the footsteps of the characters as part of an Archipelago and Culinary Tour of Fjallbacka and Gothenburg.

The trip costs from PS1,046pp (two sharing) and includes seven nights' B&B, car hire and flights (Heathrow).

Call Sunvil Discovery on 020 8758 4722 (

3. Pooh Bear's Hundred Acre Wood Surrounded by the Ashdown Forest - of A.A.Milne fame - Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex is the perfect spot for a Winnie the Pooh stay. In the forest, cross Roo's Bridge and pass Eeyore's Gloomy Place, then enjoy a Pooh-themed tea with hunny sandwiches, Kanga cup cakes, Tigger's sponge and Rabbit's carrot sticks.

Until March 28, there's a two-for-one room offer, meaning that a night's B&B costs from PS115pp (two sharing) - with the second room free - providing all guests have dinner in the Anderida Restaurant.

Pooh Bear tea costs PS5.95 per child. Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (

4. Arles, where Hemingway stayed Popular with the glitterati of the 1950s and 1960s, the Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus in Arles has boasted an impressive list of famous literary guests over the years, including Ernest Hemingway and Jean Cocteau. The city itself is well worth writing home about too; with pretty streets and squares that inspired many a masterpiece by Van Gogh and Gauguin.

Three nights are from PS768pp (two sharing) including flights (London), car hire, accommodation with breakfast and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

Call Kirker Holidays on 020 7593 2283 (

5. Pride And Prejudice's 200th year With 2013 marking 200 years since Jane Austen first published Pride And Prejudice - globally revered for its wit and social precision - it's a meaningful time to make a visit to Bath, home to the Jane Austen Centre.

Stay at the four-star Combe Grove Manor Hotel, three miles from the city, where a two-night stay is PS102pp (two sharing) including a three-course dinner on your first night, full breakfast on both mornings, a PS10 food voucher redeemable during your stay, and a PS10 Great Little Breaks voucher.

Call Great Little Breaks on 08448 488 488 (

6. Strindberg's Stockholm Sweden's most celebrated author, August Strindberg (1849-1912), is indelibly associated with Stockholm's boutique Berns Hotel where he spent much of his youth. Then a gathering place for bohemians and free-thinkers, Berns' Baroque-style Roda Rummet inspired his 1879 novel The Red Room.

The room retains its unique character today. Strindberg adored Berns for its fine food. And with its award-winning Asian fusion restaurant and delicious breakfast bakery, we're sure he'd love it just as much today. A two-night, room-only stay arriving March 7 costs from PS185pp (two sharing). Flights extra.

Call Berns Hotel on +468 566 322 00 (

7. Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano Created by Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri, this much-loved fictional detective series of books has also been adapted for television. Fans won't be disappointed with the chance to follow in the inspector's intrepid footsteps on an engaging itinerary designed to soak up the atmospheric towns and historic sites of Sicily's scenic south-east.

Seven nights cost from PS770pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick), B&B at the Agriturismo Il Granaio and car hire.

Call Sunvil Discovery on 020 8758 4722 (

8. Charles Dickens' Dartmoor retreat Pickwick Cottage (sleeps four) in Dartmoor, Devon is a true literary bolthole. The name derives from Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, which was written whilst he was staying there. The 17th century retreat has well-stocked bookshelves, a wood-burner, piano and fabulous bathroom complete with Japanese-style square bath.

Set in the picturesque medieval village of South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park is right on its doorstep.

A week's stay costs from PS88pp (PS351 total).

Call Classic Cottages on 01326 555555 (

9. The "navel of the world" William Heinesen frequently wrote about his homeland, using it as "a microcosmic setting for universal social, psychological, and cosmic themes". Noatun (translated into English) is about the challenges a group of settlers encounter whilst establishing a new town in the Faroes, while The Kingdom of the Earth depicts fantastic lives - expressing antirealism - in the capital Torshavn, described by Heinesen as the "navel of the world".

See it for yourself - stay at the Hotel Foroyar from PS69pp (B&B). For further information, visit and

10. Are you an author in the making? With World Book Day on the horizon (March 7), it seems only apt that The Watermill (pictured right) has a number of new creative writing courses for 2013. So, if you're yearning to be the next Agatha Christie or Stieg Larsson, Meg Gardiner's course should appeal. Author of 10 thrillers, Meg will advise how to get readers gripped, create villains and get published. Crime Writing (October 5-12) costs from PS1,236pp including transfers (Pisa), tuition, seven nights' accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals, local travel and a mid-week excursion. Flights extra.

Call The Watermill at Posara on 020 7193 6246 (


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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 23, 2013
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