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Travellers who stay at this cozy flat in Scotland take turns running the bookshop downstairs

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own cozy bookshop in a small Scottish town, you’re in luck. The Open Book is offering its shelves — and upstairs studio — to Airbnb travellers for just $57 a night.

Guests check into The Open Book and pay not only to stay in this quaint part of Scotland, but to also work a 40-hour week in the store below. Working at the bookshop includes opening and closing the store every day, welcoming visitors, stocking books, and creating window displays to get more buyers inside!

The studio upstairs sleeps two people and during your stay, you’ll be provided with a laptop and free WiFi, as well as bicycles to get around town.

Interested in this bookshop holiday/residency experience? Check it out on Airbnb.

Via Web Urbanist

The Open Book, Wigtown Scotland
The Open Book, Wigtown Scotland
The Open Book, Wigtown Scotland
The Open Book, Wigtown Scotland

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Comment (16)

    erin

    Saturday 30 January 2016

    Really you have to pay to work there?

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    Barbara

    Saturday 30 January 2016

    Working a 40 hour week doesn’t leave you much time to use the bikes to get around town. Plus pay for the privilege of not working at your regular job.

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    Tina

    Monday 1 February 2016

    I think it’s absolutely brilliant. 🙂

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    Linda

    Tuesday 2 February 2016

    Where about is this please?

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    Belinda

    Tuesday 2 February 2016

    Now that’s a brilliant solution of an idea for the shopkeeper to take his own vacation! I think it would be fun!

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    Patricia Wheeler

    Tuesday 2 February 2016

    This is just so perfect if only I had all my travel money and plans in place, I’d be there in a second!

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    Frith

    Wednesday 3 February 2016

    Scotland is a big country – whereabouts is this flat ??!!

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      Kristine

      Wednesday 3 February 2016

      @ Frith, just google it….

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    Tim Robb

    Wednesday 3 February 2016

    If it was the other way around, and you _got_ $57 a night (which is still pitiful) and the free room for working there, that’d be fair. But paying to do a full time job? dafaq?

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    Daniel Banks

    Thursday 4 February 2016

    Are you outta yer firthin’ mind? You’re going to pay someone to work in their store? For a full week of work? And you don’t get to stay in the flat for the second week for free prat most the same nightly rate? Hey come to St. Cloud and scrape the old paint off the house and slap the new paint on and I’ll only charge ya $75/night.

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    Gayle Moore-Morrans

    Thursday 4 February 2016

    To those who have a problem with paying to work a week in the store, plus getting a room, use of a laptop and bicycles – just remember this is Scotland! I’m not surprised. After all, I am married to a Scot and they are “clever” with their money.

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    Megan

    Thursday 4 February 2016

    Apparently the haters are wrong though, since they’re booked solid until November 2017. Hanging out in a bookshopand getting to meet locals sounds like the perfect holiday to me! I just sent my booking request.

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      Jane

      Friday 5 February 2016

      “Haters” – what a juvenile epithet. The people booking to do this are clearly not very bright; paying to work at someone else’s business and calling it a ‘holiday’? – No thank you!!

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    D Trafton

    Friday 5 February 2016

    Does anyone have knowledge on arrival to Wigtown (location of the bookstore) from Edinburgh without renting a car????

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      Jeff

      Tuesday 12 April 2016

      For D Trafton…As far as I know, the closest train station is at Barr Hill, still quite a way from Wigtown. Without a car hire, a taxi would be quite costly. Not sure if there is bus service from Barr Hill to Wigtown or Bladnoch, right down the road.

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    Fiona Moretti Archibald

    Thursday 28 April 2016

    I am Scottish, a Highlander, we are a wee bit different and believe an honest day’s work deserves an honest day’s pay, to my mind this is extortion and the people that have booked to next year are a bit silly.Scotland is a very expensive place to live, especially rural parts,You should think twice before letting these charlatans Take the Mick out of you!!!!

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