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In honour of ‘National Read a Book Day’ set to take place on September 6, holiday accommodation providers Independent Cottages have rounded up some storybook-inspired properties. Each place has details and touches that pay tribute to their beloved novel that has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers for generations. So grab your books and bags and book your next UK staycation on these five whimsical destinations.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – A Secret Garden
One of the most iconic children’s books is A Secret Garden, this cottage has you guessed it, a private garden filled with as much magic and colour just like the story.
Suitably nestled in Kent, also known as the ‘Garden of England’, guests will feel like the great outdoors has been brought inside to their cosy abode.
Standout features at this accommodation include a log burner next to a cosy corner sofa, with a rustic fire pit in the secluded garden space.
Couples wanting an intimate getaway can relax in the wood-fired outdoor hot tub among the flowers decorated around.
Guests may feel like they have really gone back in time, as the site has no wifi or phone signal, a great way to disconnect from the outside world.
The Secret Garden Cottage costs £194 a night with a two-night minimum stay. More information can be found here.
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit – Railway Cottage
Edith Nesbit’s ‘The Railway Children’ was first published in 1906 that was famously adapted into a film in the 1970s and a stage show.
Fans of the book can travel to Railway Cottage in Dunster, Somerset, a Victorian property overlooking the West Somerset Steam Railway.
Train enthusiasts will be delighted to see vintage locomotives passing right outside the accomodation with and the actual building was even designed by engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Sleeping up to six guests in three bedrooms, this holiday cottage has a glass-walled living room, a private garden, barbeque and its own outdoor hot tub.
The Exmoor National Park is only a short drive from the house, so there’s plenty of unspoilt countryside to see on your doorstep, or even the Somerset coast just a few kilometres away.
Railway Cottage is available from £165 a night for six people, with a minimum two-night stay. More information can be found here.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – Enchanted Faraway Tree
The Magic Faraway Tree is a story that continues to capture the imaginative minds of children and adults alike with charm and fantastical adventures.
So, if you’re looking for a holiday idea that will truly make you feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of the childhood classic, the Enchanted Faraway Tree in Kent is the ideal place.
This two-person wooden property named the Enchanted Faraway Tree is inspired by Enid Blyton’s popular book series, set in a private garden in the Kent village of Blean.
Decorated with rustic furniture this cottage has a log burner, firepit and wood-fired hot tub, that’s perfect for a romantic retreat.
Though it’s not the hot tub that’s the highlight of this property, the indoor garden swing seat steals the show that overlooks the garden.
Make sure to take advantage of the glass dome ceiling above your bedroom that lets you pick out star constellations under the night sky.
The Enchanted Faraway Tree is available for £247 a night for two people, with a minimum two-night stay. More information can be found here:
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – Boatmans
The Wind in the Willows has been on many children’s bookshelves for over one hundred years, where Toad and friends have embarked many adventures in print and on screen.
The characters in this story live in a fictional version of Edwardian England, and any holidaymakers dreaming of a staycation that could have come straight out of the book itself should look no further.
Anyone looking for a rural break that looks like Edwardian England needs to look no further than Boatmans, a two-bedroom cottage on the banks of the River Deben in Letheringham, Suffolk.
Readers will think that they have stumbled on Ratty’s riverbank house, which sits on a private garden along the waterside and gardens.
There are charming touches all around Boatmans, exposed wooden beams, a roll-top bath and a glass conservatory dining room that overlooks the lawn and river.
Sleeping up to three people, this is a great staycation choice if you enjoy walking or cycling holidays, with the RBS Minsmere and the Heritage coastline closeby to visit.
Boatmans costs £700 for three people for a seven-night stay. More information can be found here.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Deckhouse Cabin
Arguably one of the most iconic films of all time, The Wizard of Oz was created by American author L. Frank Baum, from munchkins to flying monkeys.
The Deckhouse Cabin will make guests feel like they have been transported to Dorothy’s home of Kansas in the heart of the Somerset countryside.
This quaint, whitewashed timber cabin has a welcoming open-plan living space with rustic shabby chic decor throughout the interior
As well as a wood-burning fire, this holiday home also boasts a private outdoor hot tub on its own patio that overlooks the farmyard fields.
Deckhouse Cabin costs £95 a night for four people with a two-night minimum stay. More information can be found here.
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