Emily Brontë’s classic novel Wuthering Heights has gone down in history as one of the best pieces of literature in the world. And now, the house that inspired the famous story is up for sale.
Ponden Hall, the 17th century Yorkshire property said to be the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange, where the Linton family and Cathy live in the novel, has been put on the market by its current owners, Julie Akhurst and Steve Brown, who are looking to downsize.
As reported by the Yorkshire Post, the couple are selling the farmhouse – which they transformed into a bed and breakfast in 2014 after buying it 21 years ago – for a whopping £1.25 million – a price some would call generous considering not only the size but the rich history of the property.
Situated on the edge of the Moors, Ponden Hall isn’t an exact match of the description of Thrushcross Grange. However, both Emily and her sister Anne Brontë spent a significant amount of time there during the the 19th century and even took shelter there in 1824 after being caught in a dangerous mudslide and storm.
It is believed that the sisters loved the property so much that it not only inspired Wuthering Heights but Wildfell Hall, the old mansion from Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
‘It’s incredible to think Emily would have sat here reading,’ Julie told the Yorkshire Post. ‘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.’
Of course, the nine bedroom house isn’t as dark and spooky as it once was. Instead, Julie and Steve have renovated it into a cosy haven attracting Brontë’ fans all over the world.
‘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,’ Julie added.
The house sits on four acres, has a hall, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living/dining room, kitchen with Aga, utility room and cold room – not to mention an additional seven bedrooms including an annexe, which has its own entrance.
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