7 amazing buildings with a special place in LGBTI history


Welcome to Florence Nightingale’s former home! | Photos: courtesy of Cottages.com


Located in a part of Yorkshire so beautiful that it inspired David Hockney to return to the UK and paint.

Though you might not see David with his easel or iPad, you might feel suitably inspired to make something amazing at The Bolthole – even if it’s just an incredible break!


Part of a property once owned by WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon, whose relationships following the war included Ivor Novello, Prince Philipp of Hesse and the socialite Stephen Tennant.

1,000s of American troops camped in the grounds surrounding The Forge during WWII. Thankfully, things are a little more tranquil now. In fact it’s a perfect place to brush up on your own poetry.


Thirdly, the childhood home of Florence Nightingale is as impressive as you might imagine, and will look after you just as well too!

This huge sleeps-20 property is a stunning proposition in its own right with crystal chandeliers, open fires, flat-screen TVs, soft furnishings, a huge dining room and more.


Shakespeare’s sexuality has long been questioned – with his sonnets cited as evidence of bisexuality. Over 100 of the writer’s poems are alleged to

have been addressed to a young man known only as ‘Fair Lord’

This property is located in the village where the Bard’s father lived, making it appropriately tenuous and questionable. Still, it’s a lovely property in a beautiful location, which is good enough for us!


A stay at Potts Farm Oast allows you to explore the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst Castle. Here writer Vita Sackville-West lived, inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of Orlando written by her friend and lover Virginia Woolf.

The garden at Potts Farm Oast isn’t too shabby either with a large enclosed lawn, children’s play equipment and table for al-fresco dining.


This gorgeous cottage is in the same village where you will find Virginia Woolf’s former home, Monk’s House (remember your National Trust card!)

Find your own creative inspiration with amazing views over the South Downs. With Lewes and Brighton within easy reach, it’s perfect for a short break or longer stay.


Fowey was where Daphne Du Maurier found her inspiration, creating classics such as Rebecca, The Birds and Jamaica Inn.

The writer thought her bisexuality was the key to writing many moody classics. In contrast there’s very little dark about Seascape, our final property rich in LGBTI history. In fact the only time you might feel blue is when it’s time to leave.

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