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In Sleeping Where Keats Died (Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2006. pg. P.4) Barry Newman describes a house near the Spanish Steps in Rome where poet John Keats died of tuberculosis in 1821. Newman rented this Landmark Trust property on Piazza di Spagna for $570 a night. Other Italian properties include the Casa Guidi in Florence where Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived in 1847, Sant'Antonio in Tivoli, near Rome, and Villa Saraceno in Venice.
In Live-In History: Vacationing in a Landmark (Wall Street Journal, Aug 22, 2006. pg. D.6) Bill Coles describes his stay in Auchinleck House in Ayrshire, Scotland, the birthplace of James Boswell. He tells you about other interesting Landmark properties: Luttrell's Tower in Hampshire ("as follies go, is an absolute beauty"); Freston Tower in Suffolk; Fort Clonque, in the Channel Islands; Crownhill Fort in Devon; Gothic Temple in Buckinghamshire; and the Pineapple in Dunmore, Scotland. Emma Tennant describes many of the properties in Superbly stopping the rot, The Spectator, March 11, 2000. Jonathan Glancey describes the Grange, the former home of Augustus Welby Pugin, In bed with Pugin (the Guardian, June 5, 2006.
Other Landmark Trust gems:
You can visit the buildings during Open Days. There is an Availability List and a Late Availability List but the best descriptions can be found in the Handbook which you can order for $25, refundable if you book, from The Landmark Trust USA, 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, Vermont 05301 (802-254-6868). A Landmark Trust price list from 1991 in my possession states that "really well-behaved dogs are welcome at most places..." There are newsletters (pdf files): Spring 2006, Autumn 2005 and Spring 2005. Take a look, too, at the National Trust Cottages, "a unique collection of over 330 properties in outstanding locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland" and the Irish Landmark Trust.