Seven famous houses from classic literature

While the characters in stories are often remembered most vividly, sometimes the location can be just as important. We’ve looked back at some of the most famous homes in classic literature and compiled a list. Some of those on the list exist outside the pages of a book, while the odd one has been converted into a visitor attraction too.

Castle Dracula

From: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Fans of the world’s most-feared vampire Count Dracula will be familiar with his decaying castle, covered in dust and cobwebs. We’re guessing that Castle Dracula in Bram Stoker’s classic may have been a sight to behold before it was neglected for centuries and left for the vampires.

221B Baker Street

From: the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is one of the world’s greatest fictional detectives. A great sleuth needs an even greater place to think, and his residence was in the high-class residential district of Baker Street in the heart of West London. When Sir Francis Conan Doyle wrote his famous series of Sherlock Holmes books, this address did not exist. However, following an extension, 221B is now a real address and home to the official Sherlock Holmes Museum.

Wuthering Heights

From: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Not a grand mansion or a castle, but the farmhouse on the North York Moors in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a beautiful place the Earnshaws called home. The ruins of Top Withens Farm are said to be the real life inspiration for this sad story of doomed love in a cold climate.

The Gatsby’s Mansion

From: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald

The location of many decadent parties, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby’s mansion was a place where only the most elite subset partied. The real-life mansion in Sands Point, Long Island, which featured in the 2013 film adaptation went on sale for a cool $85 million, so that should give an indication as to the wealth of those who reside there.

Thornfield Hall

From: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The huge, isolated English estate in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has many unused rooms and lush grounds. Though the mansion itself is often described as dark and gloomy, the sheer size and grandeur of this home is one to be admired. And just who is the mysterious Grace Poole hiding in the cavernous attic?

Pemberley House

From: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This country estate is owned by Mr Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. A stone building standing on rising ground and backed by a ridge of high, woody hills and believed to be based on a house near Bakewell in the Peak District. Film and TV adaptations have been filmed on location at Chatsworth Estate and Lyme Park.

Misselthwaite Manor

From: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Another mansion situated in the Yorkshire Moors, Misselthwaite Manor is where the heroic Mary Lennox goes to live with her uncle in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Though the grandeur of the house is played down to give detail to the beautiful gardens, it’s one of the fictional homes we remember most.

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Posted by Pan Macmillan on 24th November 2017