The Armchair Traveler's Guide to Abodes of Literature

Castles or manor houses with references to literature: either in the title of a novel, play, or poem/poetry collection, or with a literary reference in the residence's own history (e.g. Sissinghurst and Knowle: homes of Vita Sackville-West; Monk's House: home of Virginia Woolf; Rook's Nest: home of E.M. Forster and model for Howards End; Lamb House: home of Henry James; Dove Cottage: home of William Wordsworth; Steventon and Chawton: homes of Jane Austen; Haworth Parsonage: home of the Brontë sisters; Castle Howard: location of both the 1981 and 2008 dramatizations of "Brideshead Revisited;" Airvault: manor house owned by Voltaire's family and a likely source of his pen name; Wilton House: home of the Earls of Pembroke, patrons of leading literary figures such as William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, and in a later generation related to poet George Herbert).

Please note: There are plenty of books prominently featuring a given residence, but not named for that residence (e.g. "Rebecca" -- Manderley, "Jane Eyre" -- Thornfield Hall, etc.). This list is not about these books. To be included in this list, the name of the house itself MUST actually be featured in the title of the book.
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223 books · 103 voters · list created November 6th, 2009 by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (votes) .
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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Barchester Towers? I don't know if that's a residence.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I think this one isn't a residence per se -- Frameley Parsonage is, though, and so are the places mentioned in several other titles of Trollope's novels. Thanks for reminding me!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Just a note to those tempted to add the likes of "Jane Eyre" and "Rebecca": While the names of the manor houses featured in these novels are very well known, they are NOT contained in the respective novels' TITLES. Can we please stick to books actually named for a given residence? Thanks!


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I thought Waverley was a person, not a house? And I thought Washington Square was a square.

House of Mirth - not actually a name of a house, right? Ibid for the Mill on the Floss. And Old House of Fear. And the House on the Borderland.

Prisoner of Zenda - I'm not familiar with. Parnassus on Wheels, no idea what that is.



message 5: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Nov 08, 2009 03:38AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Waverley is both the name of the family in question and their estate. The others -- I agree; they shouldn't be on this list.

ETA: Zenda is a fictional town, btw, located in the equally fictional country of Ruritania (which is more or less modeled on Germany and/or Austria, ca. 18th or 19th century).


message 6: by Namida... (new)

Namida... cool list, silly me i thought Udolpho was a person


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura great list TA!!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thank you, Laura -- and thanks for the "likes", everybody.

As I recall, the idea was actually Lobstergirl's, though!


message 9: by Laura (new)

Laura thanks anyway!!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Laura wrote: "thanks anyway!!"

Well, you're welcome! :)


message 11: by Anita (new)

Anita Lobstergirl wrote: "I thought Waverley was a person, not a house? And I thought Washington Square was a square.

House of Mirth - not actually a name of a house, right? Ibid for the Mill on the Floss. And Old House ..."


Lobstergirl, if you have never heard of Parnassus you have to look it up. It is truly great.


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl You mean the word, or the book?


message 13: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl TA, do you want nonfiction on here? I notice I voted for a bunch of nonfiction books but they seem quite out of place. Jane Addams Hull-House e.g., and the Rockefeller home Kykuit, and Hearst Castle.

Also what about Kafka's "The Castle?" That's just a generic castle, not a proper name.


message 14: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I don't think Lammermoor is a house. In The Bride of Lammermoor the house is called Ravenswood, and Lammermuir is the name of the area, the hills where the estate is situated.


Kaitlin Marie-Brown Salter This is seriously the best title for a list I've seen on here! <3


message 16: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey What the duck is 'NICU II and Victoria's Incestuous Romance' at position 8.


message 17: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jun 22, 2018 03:36PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Will remove.

Also removed Exotic Neurotic and Angelica and Francesca, by the same author, both bombed by the same author circle/fan poodles onto this list.

I also question (though leave on temporarily) the same author's The Cadaver Factory, on the grounds of "who lives in a factory?"


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