I’m Just Off To My Swiss Chalet, Dear… – #MuseItUp

Charles Dickens' Swiss Chalet - his summer writing study
Charles Dickens’ Swiss Chalet – his summer writing study

Do you write? If so, where do you usually write? An office, a study, a kitchen table, your bedroom?

Well, how about having a whole Swiss chalet dedicated to your writing?

The photo shows Charles Dickens’ Swiss Chalet which was originally in the grounds of his house at Higham but is now in Rochester, Kent. It was used as a summer study by Charles Dickens from 1865 until his death in 1870. Apparently, he was writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood in the chalet overlooking the River Thames and countryside the day he died. Today, the building is damaged and much of the wood has rotted but there is a Dickens Chalet Appeal which is raising money, so hopefully it will be fully renovated. You can find out more here

I normally write in the attic although I do often carry a piece of paper round with me when I’m in the middle of something and scribble stuff down wherever I am.

‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ was mainly written in the attic – not as interesting as a Swiss Chalet! But profits from the book will go to repair another old building – St. Nicholas Church, Laindon with Dunton. If you’d like to help raise funds, you can find the ebook ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ here on the Muse It Up Publishing website #MuseItUp


  1. Aren’t Gothic novels and Romantic poetry supposed to be written in garrets? Probably the closest thing in a modern house is the attic. Although I suppose writing Romantic poetry could also be done in the St Nicholas’ graveyard.

    My writing is done on my laptop, wherever it happens to be – on the desk in the walkway at home, the desk at my day job, at cafes or coffeeshops or places we might be staying at like the lovely Inn Waimea we stayed at recently on Kaua’i.

    Have also written stories, poetry and songs on my durable old Palm Tungsten 3 PDA. Beats fancy smartphones since there’s no temptation to check Twitter or browse the internet!

    1. Yes, there are certainly more distractions today than Dickens might have had in his Swiss Chalet!

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