You Can Spend the Night Surrounded by Books at This Library in Wales
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.
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.
The library also has a cafe that serves afternoon tea, with a variety of teas, cakes, cones, and sandwiches on the menu, and a traditional British Sunday lunch to fuel your appetite for more reading.
But it is the hotel within the library that makes this gem truly unique. Starting at £66 (approximately $91), the library has 26 self-proclaimed "quirky" bedrooms, complete with book-themed wallpaper, laundry, and a complementary continental breakfast (kippers are extra). The rooms don't come with TVs, but you won't even notice since you'll have thousands of books at your disposal.
Although the library is only open to the public for 15-minute tours (and to serious readers from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), traveling bookworms need not worry: You can access the Reading Rooms every single day of the week from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. when you book a stay at the Gladstone.