A country home loved by the Bronte sisters is up for sale for £1million
Writers and book-lovers, behold your dream home.
Ponden Hall, a country home near Haworth that’s said to have inspired iconic parts of Wuthering Heights, is up for sale for £1million.
The home was once much loved by the Bronte sisters, who, back in the early 1800s, used to hike from their parsonage across the moor to visit.
The home is said to have been used as inspiration for key elements of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and for Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
So writers, you’ll want to move in just to see if your writer’s block is finally defeated. Readers, you’ll want to nestle up in the library and imagine being a Bronte.
The property itself is pretty lovely, even if you’re not a Bronte fan.
Located in Stanbury, the home is grade two listed and has eight bedrooms.
It’s currently being offered as a B&B and is sold by Strutt & Parker estate agents.
The original library, where Anne, Emily, Charlotte, and their brother Branwell used to borrow books, remains in place.
There are stunning views over a moor and reservoir, and there’s a tiny east gable window that exactly fits Emily Bronte’s description in Wuthering Heights of Cathy’s ghost (sorry, spoiler) scratching at the glass trying to get in.
The home’s current owners are Julie Akhurst and Steve Brown. Julie, an English Literature graduate and massive Bronte fan, decided to buy the property on the spot after hearing about the home’s literary connections.
‘It’s incredible to think Emily would have sat here reading,’ Julie said.
‘We have a catalogue of the books that were here then and they probably influenced her.
‘There were gothic novels and books on necromancy and dark magic.
‘I’ve always been fascinated by the Brontës and as soon as we saw it we had to buy it.
‘It’s a magical place in an incredible location. You can feel the presence of history in this house yet it’s also very warm and welcoming.’
Julie said the house attracts Bronte fans from all over the world and that she hopes another fan of the famous family purchases it.
It has won a top award for having Britain’s most friendly B&B hosts and was listed in a TripAdvisor top ten most spectacular B&Bs in Europe.
Julie said: ‘I’ve loved meeting people from all over the world, including a few famous people too.
‘Almost everyone stays here because of the Bronte connection.’
The most popular room at Ponden Hall is the Earnshaw room, where that famous Wuthering Heights window sits.
Julie says: ‘We think that Emily based that scene on this room because old documents relating to the house describe a box bed in a room across from the library and you can see where it was bolted to the wall by the window.
‘It is just how it is described in Wuthering Heights.
‘Plus the date plaque above the main entrance identifies the hall as being rebuilt in 1801 and Emily’s story starts with that exact date.
Julie has had a replica box bed made for the room.
While there’s been a restoration of the house to make it more comfortable, plenty of original features remain intact, such as the original door, beams, staircase, and fireplaces.
And, of course, the library where the Bronte sisters spent most of their time remains unchanged, so you can soak up all the inspiration just as they used to.
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