A writer’s escape

10 Oct

A very good friend of mine, a writer (most of them are), is soon going to have her three-bedroom detached house to herself and is considering letting out two of the rooms – a single and a double – to other writers on a day-by-day basis for writers looking to get away for a day or for longer to finish that overdue novel. It would be self-catering most likely although she will provide tea, coffee, cereal etc. so it can be a ‘home from home’ (including the family pet!).

Because I teach creative writing (locally and online), I could help make it a small retreat with organised sessions (perhaps more so in the summer) but for now, I would just be an ‘escape’.


If you were thinking of escaping (in this case to Northamptonshire, c. mid England), what would you look for?

golf 176428Her house is set in a quiet location overlooking a green and golf-course with very little traffic, usually plenty of parking and a ten-minute walk to shops and a very large park, and the obligatory plenty of pubs in the area… although far enough away not to be a nuisance at curfew time. Each bedroom has a desk, hanging space (wardrobe in the double), quality beds and nice views. The rooms don’t have en-suite facilities but a lovely bathroom (with power shower) at the end of the landing and downstairs w/c. To the back of the house is a reasonable-sized, relaxing garden with tables and chairs, and a small garden at the front.

  • How much would you pay per night for the single?
  • How much would you pay per night for the double?
  • Would you be interested in somewhere like this?
  • What else would you want included?
  • Any other comments…

Please leave a comment below. Thank you.


Posted by on October 10, 2015 in events, novels, writing


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10 responses to “A writer’s escape

  1. Pagadan

    October 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Good plan. I have a couple rooms myself, including an en suite, but we have two dogs. There is a garage and a screened back porch, etc.

  2. Pagadan

    October 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    People would want a meal or two, I think, or a nearby restaurant, but most people would probably not want to explore; however, some might. And they’d want fairly cheap. (I would.)

  3. Pagadan

    October 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    And some people might like a trade.

  4. ttibben

    October 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    For a target market of impoverished writers I would look at between £20 and 30 per night per person or maybe 30 for single and 40 for double. Any more and writers could just stay in a local budget hotel when they need to lock themselves away.
    A workshop / retreat with Morgen and friends running courses or workshops .. that is a different thing entirely. It’ll never make a fortune because a house can’t hold enough visitors but that would trip into £50-70 for the days courses plus optional accommodation at the rates above.
    All those prices based on what I am happy to pay for a night away and/or a day of workshops.

  5. charliebritten

    October 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Your friend would never get any writing done herself!

    • morgenbailey

      October 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      That is quite possible, Charlie. Although she’s hoping to get some done while the other writers are. And, as you know, most of us need an extra income.

  6. jwuollife

    October 18, 2015 at 6:13 am

    What a fantastic, and quite generous idea. A lot of creative people just need the time away, to recoup.
    What about; access to books for research & grammar, e.g: dictionaries etc…or maps showing local, green spaces. Sometimes, we just need an hour in nature to find our mojo again. Maybe; info on the local library, I know some UK libraries allow temporary membership. Perhaps even brochures on local touristy spots, some writers are looking for new locales for their work.

    • morgenbailey

      October 18, 2015 at 8:50 am

      I like that, thank you, jwollife. Great suggestions. I love a welcome pack when I get to a hotel so this venue shouldn’t be different. There are three libraries within a 20-minute walk, one of which is in an old theatre so a lovely building. And yes, I’m pretty sure they have temporary membership.

      • jwuollife

        October 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

        3 libraries….my ideal holiday spot. I love being inside them, and always have several memberships on the go at once. Good Luck to your friend, you’ll have to keep us informed 🙂

      • morgenbailey

        October 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm

        Thank you. I will.


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