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Bronte Country Retreat: Self catering, self-contained studio flat



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Studio Apartment, Haworth, Yorkshire, UK - Tranquil, beautiful surroundings with easy access to open moorland

Whitestone Farm is a 17th century traditional Pennine farmhouse (non-working) at the edge of Stanbury Moor, 3 miles from the Bronte village of Haworth (a fine 3.5 mile walk over the moors).

We have lived here for over thirty years as freelance artists, and have been letting the Flat since 2008. From time to time we also support other artists with our studio space and hospitality.

The simple, peaceful and elegant flat conversion, tucked snugly between our house and the small barn studio, has its own front door. We use it when we run courses and workshops, but it is also an ideal base for for walkers, couples and small families with access to gardens and gates onto the moors.

The accommodation is offered for 2 adults, or 2 adults + child. A third adult can share the Flat for an extra charge.

Mobile phone reception is patchy and our satellite broadband is slow. You can keep in touch with the outside world but ignoring it is even more fun.

Come and write your book here: 2 people already have.

The large bed-sitting room makes a beautiful study or place to relax, with Freeview TV and a selection of up to date DVDs. There is an office chair, dining/writing table and extra chairs and futon sofa as well as the comfy (low) double bed and large 17th century wardrobe.

The well-equipped kitchen with electric cooker, fridge and microwave has a wonderful view over the Worth Valley. The shower/toilet has a heated towel rail and constant hot water.

Your heating and electrics, towels and sheets are all included in the price.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Judith & Simon Warner, now grandparents, are self-employed as writer and artist/ photographer, and established the self-catering and self-contained flat in 2006. We have lived here at Whitestone since 1983, and have a deep love for this part of the South Pennines and its literary connections. Judith has dramatised 2 Brontë novels for stage and radio and Simon illustrated Ann Dinsdale's comprehensive survey The Brontës at Haworth (2013) as well as the National Trail Guide to the Pennine Way. As co-founders of Whitestone Arts we host residential workshop courses here and produce our own mixed media performances. We are sister company to the highly successful video design team 59 Productions.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

"We couldn't have wished for a more comfy or cosy place to spend New Year".

"Our second time here this year and once more the peace and tranquillity has overtaken us".

"You couldn't ask for more inspiring surroundings. The flat was amazing".
Feb 2013
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Beautiful, peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I had a wonderful stay at Whitestone Farm. The flat is extremely comfortable (very cozy and tastefully decorated) and convenient, with a well-equipped kitchen. The farm is in a beautiful location with stunning views of, and easy access, to the moors. It's also very peaceful and an excellent spot for getting work done. Simon and Judith were very friendly and welcoming, as well as very helpful with tips and recommendations for the area. We would highly recommend a stay at Whitestone Farm!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We appreciate the open surroundings and remoteness (although we are only an hour from Leeds and Manchester respectively). This is a fine place for anyone interested in landscape and walking. The property lies at about 800ft, very close to the Pennine watershed, so there is a real sense of being on the backbone of England.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Leeds Bradford at 26 Miles Nearest Barpub : Old Silent Inn at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Keighey at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M62 at 20 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Haworth at 2.5 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walkers, bird enthusiasts and artists needing quiet space to work find this accommodation ideal.


45 miles (Lancashire / Lake District coast)


From Leeds/Keighley/M1 direction, head to Haworth. Then:

• drive west towards Stanbury and Colne, through Stanbury village, down steep hill past the Old Silent Inn (on your left), then uphill again along same road pass a Victorian chapel ‘Scartop Sunday School’ at the roadside on your left

• ignore a left turn to Ponden Watersports and Ponden Guest House, continuing on Scar Top Road that now skirts the north side of Ponden Reservoir for a quarter of a mile

• approaching the head of this reservoir, drive slowly: our turn is the first possible turn LEFT on a blind bend to the left. In daylight you can see our access bridge as you descend the final slope. At the turn there is a fingerpost saying Pennine Way, and our own hand-painted sign saying Whitestone Farm. If you take the next left turn saying ‘Weak Bridge’ you have gone too far

• over the small stone bridge, turn immediately right through a large double gateway (please reclose gates if you find them closed) and drive up the steep track through fields to our buildings (there is another gate to open at the top of the hill).

From M6, take the M65 and A6068 to Colne:

•continue on this road through Colne as though heading for Keighley. At Laneshaw Bridge turn right where a sign indicates ‘Haworth’ and ‘Scartop’ and drive over the moors for about 3.5 miles, passing Watersheddles Reservoir on your right, and roadside signs saying ‘Welcome to Oakworth’

• just after ‘Moor Lodge Country Retreat’ and ‘Scartop Shopping Village’ on your left, follow the main road forking right downhill (towards ‘Haworth’, ‘KWVR’ etc)

•continue past Silver Hill Farm, halfway down the hill on your right

• at the bottom of the hill, ignore a right turn saying ‘Weak Bridge’ and take the next possible right turn, before the triangular warning sign ‘Scartop welcomes careful drivers’. The turning is partly concealed by flanking stone walls but is marked with a painted sign ‘Whitestone Farm’ and a fingerpost saying Pennine Way

• over the small stone bridge, turn immediately right through a large double gateway (please reclose gates if you find them closed) and drive up the steep track through fields to our buildings (there is another gate to open at the top of the hill).

Call us on 01535 644644 if you get lost – but beware of lost mobile reception once you are in the bottom of the valley


Leeds/Bradford Airport 20 miles; Manchester Airport 35 miles

Easy road access from M62 (30 minutes) and M65 (25 minutes)

Car recommended

Railway stations at Keighley (6 miles) and Hebden Bridge (10 miles)

Hourly buses from Keighley to Stanbury


Stanbury 2 miles, Haworth 3 miles, Keighley 5 miles, Wycoller Country Park (Lancashire) 5 miles

Further Details:

Nearest shops: Oakworth 3 miles (convenience store and Co-Op);

Large supermarkets and major banks in Keighley;

Nearest filling stations: Keighley 5 miles

Nearest pub: 1.5 miles

Apart from its Brontë Country setting (just 2.5 miles from the Brontë Parsonage Museum) Whitestone is an ideal centre for exploring the South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland. York is 50 miles, an easy rail trip from Keighley (change in Leeds).


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% deposit to secure booking; balance payable 1 month before visit

Changeover Day: Flexible changeover days
Arrival from 2pm, departure by 11am

Cancellation Policy:
50% of full cost refunded for cancellation up to 1 week before arrival. No refund for cancellation within 7 days of arrival

Notes on prices:
Special prices discussed for longer lets or artist residencies.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Our visitors love being away from it all, watching the sheep in the field, the birds in the garden and the frogs in the pond. You can walk straight out into open country, and Haworth - with its Brontë Parsonage Museum and steam railway - is only 3 miles along moorland paths. Peace and freedom to rest and think or roam is the property's greatest gift to visitors: away from the road and a field away from the wild and inspirational moors.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room with shower, basin, wc. Constant hot water and heated towel rail.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (1 Bed/sitting room) Notes on bedrooms: One bed/living/dining room with double bed, (extra futon (sofa) available, cot available), table, office chair, dining chairs and rocking chair


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Arrival from 2pm, departure by 11am except by arrangement. We regret: no pets, owing to proximity of farmer's sheep and wild birds. A low-tech environment with patchy mobile reception and slow internet: time to unplug and enjoy nature and rest. Outside: Property is surrounded by a large garden which guests are welcome to use (children must be supervised). Garden chairs and patio table are available. Utility Room: Deep sink, tumble dryer, heated drying rack, freezer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / bed changing service if requested: Towels and linen included (changed weekly)

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