Jeanette Winterson’s Stunning Writer’s Retreat For Sale

By March 20, 2017Authors, News

If you’re looking for the perfect writer’s retreat, we may have found it, although it will set you back a whopping £1.6 million! The Modern House is currently featuring the sale of ‘The Gasworks”, originally renovated by Oranges are not the Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson.

The Cotswolds house in the quintessentially English village of Upper Slaughter has an interesting story dating back to the 19th century. As the name suggests there was originally a gasworks on the property and the cottage was known as gasworks cottage. Once its job of providing carbide has to light the nearby Brassey Estate was over, it fell into seriously disrepair.

Fast forward a long time to the early 1990s and all that is left are a few walls and some foundations. It was then that the cottage and land was purchased by Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges are not the Only Fruit (USUK), with the intention of renovating the house and turning it into a writer’s retreat.

In 2009 the author wrote ‘The Joy of Wrecks” laying out her plans for the house after paying £450,000 for the dilapidated cottages, and her intentions for turning it into a writer’s retreat. In 2010 it was announced that Chris Dyson architects would be taking on the project, turning it into a stunning home.

However, not long after this, Winterson decided not to continue with the project for reasons unknown. The author sold the house, plus the contract with the architect and the plans to a friend, who finally saw the project through to completion, and now it’s up for sale again.

It’s a stunning home as the pictures show, and will make a fantastic home for someone. Winterson was correct on the writer’s retreat feel because this stunning and unique property set in the beautiful Cotswolds is truly beautiful, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a new author, or creative owner soon.

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If you spend more time thinking about Middle-Earth than you do thinking about the real world then you’ll want to listen to these old recordings of Mr. Tolkien himself reading from The Lord of the Rings. We may never get to attend a reading by Tolkien, but these audio files are the next best thing. Read More

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We’re all still reeling after yesterday’s incident at Westminster and our thoughts are with all those affected, not least Met Police officer Keith Palmer. We hope all our addicts in London are safe and unaffected by the events and as we do so well in the UK, we hope you’re all keeping calm and carrying on.

What does stand out from yesterday’s events is the humanity shown and it’s on this we must focus. In the shock events of the day, many people spoke out with their feelings on the attack and today we’re sharing some of the thoughts of authors and the literary world. Read More

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Today we hear the sad news that Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse books has died peacefully at home aged 86. A statement from his publisher today stated that “With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning.”

The author wrote thirteen Morse novels between 1975 and 1999, which were adapted for television to great success. The show saw John Thaw in the lead role and was one of the most successful and longest running ITV dramas of all time. Read More

8 Things You might not know about H. P Lovecraft

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H. P Lovecraft (20th August 1890 – 15th March 1937) was an American author who shaped the horror genre that we know today. Largely unappreciated until after his death, Lovecraft’s influence on the horror genre is still felt today.

Virtually unknown, Lovecraft only saw his works published in pulp magazines and died in poverty, but is now considered to be one of the most significant authors of his genre. And here are eight more things you may not know about H.P Lovecraft. Read More



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