Ponden Hall, the 17th century property that is said to have inspired Wuthering Heights, is for sale for offers of over £1 million. Its current owners, who have transformed the historic house into a popular B&B, are retiring and looking for a smaller home, reports the Yorkshire Post.
It was originally listed in March 2019 for £1.25 million, but the price has now been reduced.
The Yorkshire farmhouse is said to be the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange where the Linton family and eventually Cathy lived in in Emily Brontë’s literary classic. However, it doesn’t match the exact description of the house as detailed in the book and is thought to much more similar in size and character the farmhouse of Wuthering Heights itself.
Brontë biographer Winifred Gerin thought that the building was also the basis for Wildfell Hall, the old mansion from Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The Brontë sisters made regular visits to Ponden Hall in the 19th century, once seeking shelter there after being caught in a mudslide and storm in 1824. They then became friends with the owners, and used to borrow books from their library.
The 10-bedroom house near Haworth was transformed into a B&B in 2014 and is popular with Brontë fans making literary pilgrimages. The most sought-after room is the Earnshaw room, which features a tiny east gable window that matches Brontë’s description in Wuthering Heights of Cathy’s ghost scratching at the glass trying to get in.
“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,” says current owner Julie Akhurst. “It is just how it is described in Wuthering Heights.”
Ponden Hall sits within four acres, and has a hall, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living/dining room, kitchen with Aga, utility room and cold room. There are another seven bedrooms, including an annexe, which has its own entrance.
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