If you have £2.5 million, you can buy one of Charles Dickens’ “favourite lodging houses.”
Today in literary real estate: would you like to buy Bleak House, the Broadstairs, Kent summer home where Charles Dickens wrote “the greater part” of David Copperfield? (Despite its name, Bleak House had nothing to do with the writing of Bleak House—the mansion was renamed many years after the book was published, presumably to capitalize on the interest from Dickens-heads.)
The house—currently used as a wedding venue and bed and breakfast—”retains a multitude of grand and quirky features, reflective of its famous owner’s quirky personality, including the lower ground floor museum, with its prison cells, underground inn and old artifacts.”
Bleak House has been on the market for over three years, so it seems like the housing market for multi-million pound summer homes with prison cells and literary pedigrees is pretty… bleak.