Does your favourite novel mean more because of the environment in which it was created?

Scholars of great writers point to the historical context of their work, the external factors that shaped their themes, but what about the very space around them, what they happened to gaze out at as they paused their fingers to think?

We've searched all over the world (from the comfort of our own, non-writerly desks) to find the nooks and crannies famous authors used to write their much-loved novels.

From rotating summer houses to weather-exposed, shambolic huts, these places were ones of inspiration and refuge for those who inhabited them.

It's got us thinking about where our dream writing hut would be... what would be a must-have in yours?

If we've missed off the idyllic location where your favourite book was created, let us know.

See also: 22 Inspirational Quotes On Writing
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  • Vita Sackville-West's Writing Tower

    This writing room is located in the Elizabethan Tower at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. It's surrounded by the world-famous, romantic garden and was where Vita Sackville-West (close friend of Virginia Woolf) did most of her writing. IMAGE: National Trust John Hammond

  • George Bernard Shaw's 'London' Hut

    Hidden at the bottom of Irish playwright Shaw's garden was a rotating hut, which he built himself and wrote in. The story goes he called it 'London', so that if somebody called for him, they could be told he was in London and it would be true! The hut was built to rotate so Shaw could move it from inside to be in the sunshine constantly while he worked. Sounds pretty good to us. Here he is pictured sitting in it in 1944. IMAGE: PA

  • George Bernard Shaw's Rotating Writing Hut

    Here is another view of the Rotating Writing Shed in the garden at Shaw's Corner. IMAGE: National Trust, Matthew Antrobus

  • Dylan Thomas's Boat House

    Dylan Thomas worked in a wooden hut or boat house in the remote Welsh town of Laugharne. IMAGE: David Jones/PA

  • Dylan Thomas's Boat House

    Here is the inside of the poet's hut. IMAGE: Flickr.com/steeljam

  • Mark Twain

    Here is Mark Twain's cabin, looking a little more wonky than in the days when he wrote <em>Jumping Frog of Calaveras County</em>. It wasn't the only space used by Twain, and indeed is the least impressive in comparison to his grand 19-roomed Victorian home, now a museum, and an octagonal gazebo which he used in the summer. IMAGE: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMark+Twain+Cabin+Exterior+MVC-082X.jpg">Mark Twain Cabin Exterior MVC-082X.jpg</a> by Will Murray (&quot;<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Willscrlt">Willscrlt</a>&quot;) at <a href="http://willmurray.name/">http://willmurray.name/</a>

  • Ted Hughes' Pennines Retreat

    Ted Hughes didn't move far away from his northern upbringing to this idyllic house in the middle of the Pennines, known as Lumb Bank. He bought the house, near Hebden Bridge, in 1970 - the same year that <em>Crow</em> was published. It is now a foundation for writing. IMAGE: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Lumb_Bank_-_The_Ted_Hughes_Arvon_Centre_-_geograph.org.uk_-_970898.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>

  • Keats' Heath-side Home

    This grand house, Wentworth Place, was new when Keats moved into it. Owned by his friend Charles Armitage Brown, the poet experienced a dark time here, but one productive for poetry, as he wrote Ode to Psyche here as well as, according to Brown, Ode to a Nightingale, inspired by a bird sitting in the house's garden. IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Keats_House.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikipedia</a>

  • Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Home

    It's hardly surprising Potter wrote such scenic children's tales situated in an idyll like this. Based up in Cumbria, Potter bought Hilltop Home with the royalties from her first books, inspired by the holidays she spent in the Lake District. Here characters like Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created. IMAGE: NTPL, Stephen Robson

  • Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Home

    Another view of Potter's Cumbrian home. IMAGE: NTPL, Stephen Robson

  • Henry David Thoreau's Woodland Hut

    This hut at Walden Pond, Massachusetts, was not so much a refuge for Henry David Thoreau as an inspiration. Thoreau built the hut himself before living in it for two years in order to think about, and write, his philosophical book, <em>Walden</em>. IMAGE: Flickr.com/jthetzel

  • Jim Harrison's Motel

    Not exactly a private hideaway, nor a glamourous one, but for American author Jim Harrison writing in a motel room struck a chord. As he told writer Nancy Bunge, "For years, I couldn't write anywhere except at my cabin and my house and then my office in the granary, but two years ago I got liberated and wrote a novella in a motel in Montana. I felt splendid because then I wasn't locked into those places." IMAGE: Flickr/ J. Stephen Conn

  • Roald Dahl's Gypsy House

    One of the most famous of writing huts, Roald Dahl worked in his elaborate garden shed daily for 30 years. Here it is pictured with the theatre stars of the Matilda!, the musical production of his children's book. IMAGE: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

  • Charles Darwin's Down House

    In this cosy room in Down House, in South East England, Charles Darwin wrote <em>The Origin of Species</em>. IMAGE: © English Heritage

  • Virginia Woolf's Writing Hut

    This little hut (known as the Lodge Writing Shed) in the garden of Monk's House, Sussex, was where modernist author Virginia Woolf penned her novels. The house itself was a key location for the Bloomsbury Group and its famous faces, T.S Eliot, and E.M Forster. IMAGE: National Trust Eric Crichton

  • J.K Rowling's Cosy Cafe

    The Harry Potter famously penned the start of the series in this Edinburgh cafe, called The Elephant House. Sitting in the back room of the cafe and looking over the city's castle clearly proved inspirational for Rowling. IMAGE: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/The_elephant_house.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>

  • Robert Stephen Hawker's Hut

    Arguably the huttiest of huts, and the National Trust's smallest property, this shack housed poet Robert Stephen Hawker and his opium habit in the 19th century. The hut was built by Hawker into the Cornish hillside from timber and driftwood from shipwrecks, allowing him to be inspired by the spectacular view across the Atlantic Ocean, and definitely not at all by the opium... IMAGE: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Hawker's_Hut%2C_Vicarage_Cliff%2C_Morwenstow_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1369016.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>

  • George Orwell's Island Retreat

    Orwell lived in this remote house on the tiny Scottish isle of Jura when writing <em>Nineteen-Eighty-Four</em>. IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Barnhill.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikipedia</a>