Country home that sheltered Emily Bronte and her siblings from a storm is on ...

A historic country home which housed Emily Bronte and her siblings from a storm and inspired her to write Wuthering Heights has gone on sale for £1.25million.

Ponden Hall in West Yorkshire has fascinating and well-documented connections to the literary family as Emily is said to have based parts of the Lintons' Thrushcross Grange and Heathcliffe's farmhouse in her 1847 novel on the Grade II listed home.

The property has been operating as a B&B for the last four years and is set across four acres of land in the area of Haworth.

Ponden Hall dates back, in parts, to 1541 and the main hall was built in 1634 by the Heaton family, who owned the property from 1541 to 1898.

The house, which is on the market with estate agents Fine & Country in Leeds, underwent a major renovation in 1801 - the year the story begins in Wuthering Heights, the renovations include the addition of the impressive library. 

The home of Wuthering Heights: Ponden Hall (pictured above) located just outside Stanbury near Haworth in West Yorkshire, is a unique house dating back in parts to 1541

The home of Wuthering Heights: Ponden Hall (pictured above) located just outside Stanbury near Haworth in West Yorkshire, is a unique house dating back in parts to 1541

Bed time! The stunning detached property boasts a wealth of character features including the high beam ceilings which can be seen in this picture of one of the bedrooms

Bed time! The stunning detached property boasts a wealth of character features including the high beam ceilings which can be seen in this picture of one of the bedrooms

Lounging about: The property has extensive and fascinating historical connections to the Bronte family and their literature and this lounge area looks like the ideal place to sit, relax and get stuck in to a good book

Lounging about: The property has extensive and fascinating historical connections to the Bronte family and their literature and this lounge area looks like the ideal place to sit, relax and get stuck in to a good book

Dinner time: The superb Grade II listed building is now an award-winning bed and breakfast and if you were to purchase the property you could enjoy meal times in this lovely dining area

Dinner time: The superb Grade II listed building is now an award-winning bed and breakfast and if you were to purchase the property you could enjoy meal times in this lovely dining area

Traditional interiors: The property is complete with a traditional fireplace and sits in extensive grounds of approximately four acres with spectacular panoramic views over Ponden Reservoir

Traditional interiors: The property is complete with a traditional fireplace and sits in extensive grounds of approximately four acres with spectacular panoramic views over Ponden Reservoir

Emily Jane Bronte (pictured above) was an English novelist and poet and was most famous for her novels included Wuthering Heights

Emily Jane Bronte (pictured above) was an English novelist and poet and was most famous for her novels included Wuthering Heights

The floor plan of the property (pictured above) which boasts nine bedrooms and is in an area which is well connected to variety of shops, restaurants and takeaways.

The floor plan of the property (pictured above) which boasts nine bedrooms and is in an area which is well connected to variety of shops, restaurants and takeaways.

Anne, Emily and Branwell took shelter at the house in 1824 during the great Crow Hill Bog Burst, when thunderstorms and rain caused a huge mudslide while they were walking on the moor. Their father Patrick later wrote a famous sermon about the incident.

In Wuthering Heights a wealthy man called Lockwood rents a grand property called Thrushcross Grange from the landlord Heathcliff, who lives in a remote moorland farmhouse - Wuthering Heights.

Ponden Hall has always been identified with Thrushcross Grange and there are details in the book that correspond with that house - such as the room with the window where Cathy's ghost appears to Lockwood.

But more recent studies showed Ponden is also believed to have inspired the Wuthering Heights farmhouse, which it is more alike in terms of size, style and detail.

An account from the time by a man called William Davies describes being taken on a tour by Patrick Bronte and shown an old manorial farm called 'Heaton's of Ponden' which he was told was the original model for Wuthering Heights. 

The entrance to the property where paving stones lead up to the door. The area has close connections to primary schools in Haworth and also two secondary schools in nearby Keighley and Cullingworth

The entrance to the property where paving stones lead up to the door. The area has close connections to primary schools in Haworth and also two secondary schools in nearby Keighley and Cullingworth

One of the rooms in the huge property (pictured above). There is a stained glass window as well as skirting boards that go around the room

One of the rooms in the huge property (pictured above). There is a stained glass window as well as skirting boards that go around the room

A fire place complete with an old sign which hangs above it which reads: 'Ponden Hall is not open for inspection but visitors may obtain refreshments, bed and breakfast, the history of Ponden Hall'

A fire place complete with an old sign which hangs above it which reads: 'Ponden Hall is not open for inspection but visitors may obtain refreshments, bed and breakfast, the history of Ponden Hall'

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