Ponden House Stanbury, Haworth

In her warm, comfortable lounge, high on a hillside a mile or two from Haworth, Brenda Taylor dispenses scones and sympathy in equal measure.  Sympathy only if you’ve just yomped the moors, descending from Top Withens, Emily Bronte’s fictional ‘special place’ where she allegedly wrote Wuthering Heights. 

Luckily for you, people and food are Brenda’s passions; chances are you’ll be treated on arrival to her fantastic wholemeal scones made with ginger and a jar of home made gooseberry curd.  

There’s an air of calm throughout the house – in fact all you can hear is the sound of your own thinking as you pad about. The Purple Bedroom has phenomenal far reaching views over the reservoir to the flinty moors beyond; there’s a whiff of Bedouin in here, with a sparkly beaded throw on the Arts & Crafts bed.

Brenda’s (ex) husband Rod was a student at Bradford College with a famous alumnus, David Hockney, and her wonderfully quirky house is littered with originals. Well one or two. On one wall hangs a fabulous Hockney photo ‘joiner’ which features Rod and Hockney’s mum sitting in the yard of nearby Ponden Hall where the Taylors used to live. 

If the art and literary thing isn’t your bag, just sit in the hot tub in the lovely private meandering garden and watch the stars. A truly special place. 


How Much?            From £45 pppn 

Kid’s Stuff?             Yep, children welcome   

Well Placed?           Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage is a stone’s throw. There are marvelous walks from the door, including Top Withins. 

Good Grub?             Brenda is a keen cook so kick it back and enjoy her delicious, wholesome dinners. The Olive Branch in Hebden Bridge serves great value Mediterranean food and the curry capital Bradford is just across the valley: head for Prashad, our favourite, and rightly in our Top Ten          

Ponden House

Ponden House, Stanbury, Haworth, BD22 0HR

Tel 01535 644154

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Type: B&B

Part of Stay West Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 12 March 2012

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