Ponden Hall

Keighley, Yorkshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1535 648608

An extraordinary place. If hunting for the perfect location for the next Brontë film - here it is! Friendly hosts and fabulous views too


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A house brimming with warmth and atmosphere, and said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Julie and Steve’s knowledge of the history is impressive and they offer tours of their fascinating home. Arrive for tea and home-baked cake and soak up the mullion windows, huge flagstones, period pieces and original paintings. Bedrooms have just the right balance of luxury and individuality: an amazing box bed, rocking horse, raftered ceilings – and cosy log stoves in two. A full Yorkshire breakfast is served in the magnificent main hall. Walk the Pennine Way, hop on a steam train at Keighley; Haworth is close too – for all things Brontë and independent shops.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
24-30 December.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £95
2 Doubles
From £95
1 Family room for 4
From £160



Steve was the best Sawday's host we have encountered, and we've stayed in quite a few properties. The house and surroundings are both terrific but it was Steve's friendly warmth and happiness to go the extra mile which stands out most. Highly recommended.

Bernadette, Leigh-on-Sea

Everything was perfect - from the warm welcome and delicious cake and breakfast, to the fascinating historical tour; I could have listened for another hour. Thank you for everything!

Susan, Wilmslow

Steeped in Bronte history, the accommodation is superb and the hospitality by Steve and Julie is second to none! Even if you've never heard of Wuthering Heights, the charm of this refurbished house will bowl you over. Highly recommend that everyone visit this superb establishment!

Chris, Stockport

Great family house filled with history and very impressed by the owners' kindness. Definitively would recommend it!


Wow. Such a lovely place, Julie and Steve are lovely people and make you feel like friends rather than guests, we had a wonderful night there, the house and its history is amazing, and the room we stayed in was beautiful. Such a perfect place. Being welcomed with tea and cake was great, as was the extra effort made by them to book us a table for dinner, and drive us to and from the restaurant. It felt like nothing was too much trouble, and coupled with a great sleep, to start the day with such a breakfast was fantastic. We are already trying to find reasons to return!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julie Akhurst

  • The Bronte sisters visited here, used the house as inspiration for Wuthering Heights and borrowed from the library. One bedroom boasts the window where Cathy's ghost knocked, according to tradition. If you'd like a tour, we're happy to give you one.
  • We're just three miles from the Brontes' home town of Haworth, with its famous Bronte Parsonage Museum, where the Brontes lived and wrote their world-famous books
  • We're situated on the edge of Haworth Moor, right on the Pennine Way, overlooking beautiful Ponden Reservoir
  • Other local attractions include Haworth's Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway (3 miles), the permanent David Hockney exhibition Salt's Mill at World Heritage Site Saltaire (11 miles), Bradford's Media Museum (12 miles), the Yorkshire Dales (13 miles)
  • We have some great local places to eat, including the excellent foodie pub The Grouse, Stanbury's The Old Silent Inn, and, in Haworth, The Old Registry, and Embers
  • We welcome children, have cot and high chair facilities, and our 17-year-old daughter will provide a babysitting service should you wish to use it.