Fans of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights will be interested to learn that the house that helped inspire the story is now on the market. The 17th century property is called Ponden Hall and is found a stone’s throw from Stabury, West Yorkshire. The Brontë sisters regularly visited the house during the 19th century and it has been a popular guest house in recent years.
As Lonely Planet reports, the house is situated on grounds that span around four acres, and the 5000-square-foot detached property has panoramic views of the countryside, as well as Ponden’s reservoir. The East side of the house dates back to 1541, while the main building was constructed in 1634. The Peat Loft, which was originally free-standing, was built in 1680, and was connected to the main house in 1801.
The house played an important role in the lives of the Brontë family and it is widely accepted that it inspired the houses found in Emily Brontë’s book, Wuthering Heights, and Anne Brontë’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The nine bedroom house has been carefully renovated over the past two decades by its current owners, who run it as a guest house.
The main guest room consists of a single window which is said to be the room which inspired Cathy’s ghost, who claws at the glass, in Wuthering Heights. The house’s peat loft is also widely believed to be where Anne, Emily and Branwell took shelter in 1824 during a mudslide that was caused by thunderstorm and several days of rain.
The new owner of the property will enjoy the walled gardens, which include a number of seating areas, as well as a walled garden with a large lawn, and a private courtyard. If you’re thinking of buying a new house then Ponden Hall is currently on the market for the price of £1.25m ($1.62m). You can find out more about the house here.
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