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?
Her 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…
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