8 of the World’s Most Idyllic Creative Retreats

Over the weekend, the New York Times profiled the Melikhovo estate in Russia, where Anton Chekhov wrote 42 of his works, including the acclaimed play “The Seagull.” It is a rural idyll full of flowers and quaint clapboard buildings.

Sometimes writers write in garrets, and painters paint on subway walls, and musicians play in basements with bad acoustics. But just as often they become attached to and inspired by places they visit and, as in the case of Melikhovo, come to make home. A retreat from the rhythms of city life is often just what they need to boost productivity. Here are some of the loveliest places that came to give their owners and visitors the creative boost they needed to write, draw and record.