Going to the library is like owning a fantastic passport that lets you take worldwide adventures. Book-lovers sure have a hard time leaving them on the return to reality.

But now there’s one you don’t have to leave.

It’s Gladstone’s Library located in Northern Wales, UK, and it’s a true library and writers’ retreat space. It’s also a cozy, charming bed and breakfast.


Named after William Gladstone, the library holds Gladstone’s personal collection of 150,000 books. It was his intention that after his death, the public could enjoy his immense library and have a space for intellectual discussion.

Each of the 26 rooms has its own book selection. Overnights and longer stays are available so guests can read and lounge to their hearts’ content.

Or, guests can enjoy the library’s course offerings, including those from their ‘Writers in Residence’ program, where influential writers are hosted by the library to teach various workshops. Participants of any skill level can learn from the masters and get feedback on their writing.


If you go in either February or November, you can attend Hearth. Sit fireside with four prestigious authors for discussion, advice, writing and feedback.

Whenever you look up from your book and think back to the last time you ate, just visit the library’s bistro, called Food For Thought. There, the food is homemade with locally sourced ingredients. Stay for the Sunday Celtic lunch of traditional Welsh dishes, or join others for afternoon tea, served Monday through Friday.


With great books, conversation and food, set in beautiful Welsh countryside, and learning the art of writing from world famous authors by the light of a blazing fireplace, this library is certain to find its way into your book loving heart.

We only have one question: can we live there?