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A book-lover's dream come true: run your own bookshop with this unique Airbnb rental

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Have you ever fantasised about running your own bookshop? If so, you're in luck: a new Airbnb apartment lets you do just that.

Called 'The Open Book', the apartment is located above a traditional bookshop nestled by the sea in the literary-loving location of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town.

Guests who rent the apartment take full ownership of managing the bookshop for the duration of their stay, aided by a team of friendly volunteers.

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Founded by The Wigtown Festival Company, the one bed apartment costs just £28 per night to rent, with wifi, a laptop and bikes thrown in for free.

The world's first bookshop residency, the stay offers guests a truly unique experience.

The listing on Airbnb states that "you can enjoy the bookshop as you wish". It continues to say that "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". 

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Those who rent the apartment are welcome to host readings, events and "any activity biblio-related" during their stay, meaning the world is your oyster when it comes to book-based fun.

Past residents have also set up a blog to describe their experiences of running the bookshop and future guests are invited to contribute. 

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The listing asks that guests "contribute to the unique literary community of Scotland's National Book Town", which has 1,000 residents and just 10 bookshops.

The town is set in Galloway, a picturesque location with crumbling castles, woodlands and nature preserves, plus the obligatory Scottish whisky distillery.

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If you want to fulfill your dream of having your own bookshop, you can book your stay through Airbnb here.

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