Fantasy Risky Retreat

I love, love, love trip planning! So after my post a few weeks ago about my writers’ retreat I couldn’t help fantasizing about a Risky Retreat. It probably won’t be practical to do this for some time but just thinking about it was fun.

As far as location, a country house inn somewhere in England would be ideal. Someplace we could all find plenty of peace to write (or read–our non-writing Risky visitors would be welcome too!) Maybe some side excursions to stately homes or museums. And of course, great food and wine.

I thought about some of my husband’s and my favorite getaways in England, country inns like Trengilly Wartha Inn in Cornwall or the Waltzing Weasel in the Peak District but these are perhaps a bit small and not quite the Regency feel. So I googled around a bit and here’s what I found.

How about Middlethorpe Hall in Yorkshire (above). According to the website, it’s “a William III country house, close to the city, set in 20 acres of its own gardens and parkland. Built in 1699, it was once the home of the famous diarist, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.” How cool would is that? It also has a Health & Fitness Spa so we could exercise, have beauty treatments, massages, etc…, or just plot our next award-winning novels in the whirlpool.

Or how about Hunstrete House? It’s situated on 71 acres of woodland, gardens and deerpark and situated between Bath and Wells, convenient for side excursions to either.

Or Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk? It looks like another lovely spot, also with a health club. And maybe we could get them to do a Sabrage evening for us?

So what do you think? Other suggestions of places to stay? Do you like the idea of just reading, writing and excursions or are there other special activities you’d want to add? Any fantasy guests you’d like to invite?

Elena 🙂

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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