Ponden Hall is a magnificent Grade II* Listed detached country house with the east end dating back to 1541 and the main house dating back to 1634. Steeped in history and with a fascinating historical connection to the Bronte family and their literature, Ponden Hall is widely accepted to be the inspiration for the interiors of both Wuthering Heights and Wildfell Hall.
The property features beautiful original details including exposed timber beams, vaulted ceilings and exposed stone work, creating a thoroughly unique and appealing living space. Currently run as an award-winning bed and breakfast, Ponden Hall sits in extensive grounds of approximately 4 acres with spectacular panoramic views over Ponden Reservoir and the open countryside beyond.
The ground floor of the main house which predominantly has underfloor heating and comprises a very large sitting and dining room with heavy timber beams to the ceiling, a fireplace and original flagstone flooring. The kitchen and breakfast room has farmhouse-style wooden storage units, a butler sink, space for all of the necessary appliances and an Aga. Just off the kitchen there is a useful utility room that leads to the larder and the separate ground floor bathroom. There are two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite with a Jack and Jill style bathroom. Completing this floor is a useful storage room that gives access to the cellar.
The main staircase leads to an open landing which gives access to all the upstairs accommodation. There are six further bedrooms, including the magnificent 26ft principal bedroom, with its vaulted ceiling and en-suite shower room. One other bedroom is en-suite with a separate modern family bathroom finishing this floor.
The annexe features self-contained accommodation with its own entrance as well as being accessible from the principal bedroom. Having been modernised by the current owners, the upstairs is an open-plan living/dining kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with a range of cream Shaker-style wall and base-level units with a range of integrated appliances including double oven with electric induction hob over, extractor fan, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The two en-suite bedrooms are downstairs.
The annexe is a perfect offer for a self-catering holiday let, providing further commercial potential to the property.
Ponden Hall is currently run as an award winning B&B. The business is available free of charge with the house (if required) together with all forward bookings, all social media platforms including membership of Sawdays and the website as it stands. The B&B has an excellent turnover with a 100% 5-star rating on TripAdvisor with scope to significantly increase business.
Most of the furniture is available by separate negotiation to enable an immediate continuation of the business.<br /><br />Ponden Hall is set in a stunning and secluded rural position, overlooking the beautiful Ponden Reservoir with views of the surrounding rolling hills. The village of Stanbury is just over a mile away, with its primary school and two pubs, while the picturesque nearby village of Haworth offers further shops and amenities, as well as a variety of restaurants, cafés and tea rooms.
The historic market town of Keighley is just over five miles away, with its bustling town centre range of shops, supermarkets and leisure facilities, as well as a mainline station providing services towards Leeds and Bradford and within easy reach of Manchester
The property is set in the heart of Brontë Country in the West Yorkshire Pennines, with plenty of magnificent walking, cycling and riding routes, while golf is available at Branshaw Golf Club, Bingley St. Ives Golf Club and Shipley Golf Course.<br /><br />A sweeping tarmacadam lane leads up to a gravelled parking area with ample space for numerous vehicles and two outdoor storage units. To the front of the house is a partially walled courtyard which leads to the front door. To the left are steps leading up to a gravelled seating area with flowered borders, and to the right, a gate opening up into the extensive formal south-facing walled gardens, which has a variety of beautiful seating areas, mature trees, and shrubs. There is also a separate large walled garden with lawn and borders, accessed from the lane, making a delightfully private and peaceful spot.
To the rear of the property is a private courtyard area that can be accessed from the kitchen, as well as from pathways that run around the house. There are splendid paddocks which run all the way down to the reservoir and the rolling hills which provides stunning views as far as the eye can see.