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You can now take Zoom meetings from Vita Sackville-West’s reading room.

Corinne Segal

November 24, 2020, 11:37am

Recognizing the needs of the times, Britain’s National Trust has finally given the people what they really want: the chance to pretend they’re chatting with their employer from Vita Sackville-West’s writing room. It has a fireplace; it is filled with books; it is in a tower; it is the place I would like to be.

Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson acquired Sissinghurst Castle, where the room is located, in 1930, and she would spend the next years of her life writing and developing its famous gardens. Today, the National Trust maintains the site and keeps the writing room in a condition similar to how she would have had it in the 1930s. (If you, too, start immediately searching for a photo of Virginia Woolf, just know you’re not alone.)

If gorgeous old writing spaces aren’t your thing, you can also download Zoom backgrounds that show the library at Wimpole Hall and the Office of the Caretaker of Electric Light at Cragside. Happy shopping for your own brand of escapism!

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