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The Open Book - a bookshop holiday!

Wigtown, United Kingdom
Entire flat hosted by The Open Book
2 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the apartment to yourself.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Highly rated host
The Open Book has received 5-star ratings from 95% of recent guests.
Outstanding hospitality
16 recent guests complimented The Open Book for outstanding hospitality.
Due to the global pandemic, The Open Book is currently closed and bookings paused. We will reopen both the store and booking facility as soon as it is safe to do so.

Nestled into the pristine lowlands, The Open Book is a charming bookshop with apartment above in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea in Scotland...for a week or two.

The space
The first ever bookshop holiday / residency experience, Scotland's National Book Town welcomes you to play-bookshop for a week or two. We'll give you your very own apartment and bookshop below, supported by a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as lovely as possible. Set up by The Wigtown Festival Company, The Open Book's aim is to celebrate books, independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to Scotland's National Book Town. The fee for your stay is low because we are a non-profit. It covers the running costs of the holiday but that is all. A laptop and WiFi are provided.

Guest access
Scotland's National Book Town is in the most beautiful part of Scotland: Galloway. The setting for many literary classics, like The 39 Steps, beauty, history and adventure await you! Sea, ancient woodlands, crumbling castles, a whisky distillery, 7 Stanes Cycle Trails, nature preserves, farms, the Southern Upland Way, Scotland's Art Town, Food Town and the home of Burns are just on your doorstep...public transport and bicycles will get you so far, but a car is strongly recommended.

Other things to note
We encourage you to read up on Wigtown, Galloway and prepare for your visit, for there's lots to see here. Though there are buses, and bicycles, a car is strongly recommended and can be rented near Carlisle if you're coming by train, or Prestwick or Glasgow Airport. We offer you the bookshop, apartment and orientation.

Residents of the Open Book now have the opportunity to have a photo-shoot during their stay with professional photographer Kim Ayres. Kim has an extensive portfolio of photography projects in the area and has all the skills to make your vision come to life. Please note, that this project is additional to the Open Book Experience and is priced separately, starting at £300. For more information, please enquire at time of booking.

All the rest for your bookshop holiday is up to you. Please note that this is not a volunteer opportunity, nor are we paying you to work. This is a holiday that you are paying for, classified under cultural tourism and you can enjoy the bookshop as you wish. It is the sole responsibility of the resident to ensure that they adhere to any visa requirements or similar regulations.
Due to the global pandemic, The Open Book is currently closed and bookings paused. We will reopen both the store and booking facility as soon as it is safe to do so.

Nestled into the pristine lowlands, The Open Book is a charming bookshop with apartment above in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea in Scotland...for a week or two…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed

Amenities

First aid kit
Dryer
Free on-street parking
Essentials
Washing machine
Smoke alarm
Kitchen
Fire extinguisher
Wifi
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Wigtown, United Kingdom

Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, is a magical place with 10 bookshops, about 1,000 people, right by the sea in the heart of South West Scotland.

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Joined in August 2015
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The Open Book is a bookshop and above a self-catering flat in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. We are cozy, tidy, imaginative and book-filled. For the bibliophiles, avid readers, kindred book lovers, adventure seekers, we are the first ever bookshop holiday experience. Our goal? To encourage reading, books, bookshops and visits to one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. Sea, highlands, native forests, amazing people and bookshops are just on our doorstep. Do we have reason to be smug? Yep. And now you can visit Wigtown yourself and enjoy this slice of heaven on earth too!
The Open Book is a bookshop and above a self-catering flat in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. We are cozy, tidy, imaginative and book-filled. For the bibliophi…
During your stay
The Open Book has a team of volunteers who want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Someone will be here to meet/greet you. Otherwise, the rest is up to you. We are a friendly community, many residents have had a busy time joining local families for dinner or gatherings at the pub, other residents spend the holiday in the cozy apartment upstairs and out exploring.
The Open Book has a team of volunteers who want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Someone will be here to meet/greet you. Otherwise, the rest is up to you. We are a frien…
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House rules
Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 10:00
No smoking
No pets