Beech Villa and its neighbour, Beech Lodge, were built in the 1950's as a model development by the Duchy of Lancaster and served for many years as private hotels. In 1913 E M Forsrer, the author of 'Howard's End', 'A Passage to India', etc, stayed here when writing his controversial novel 'Maurice'.
The buildings are not open to the public
Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect ... ". His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success.