When playwright John Osborne owned The Hurst, he declared that he had the ‘best view in England’. Now part of the Arvon family, the Hurst remains an inspirational place to come and write. Surrounded by Housman’s ‘blue remembered hills’, and featuring three 18th century buildings, thirty acres of lush woodland and a spring-fed lake, The Hurst is the perfect place to lose yourself in words.
Lumb Bank is an 18th century mill owner’s house which stands in twenty acres of steep woodland. The house once belonged to Ted Hughes and is set in a striking Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, fine stone houses and weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge.
Moniack Mhor is close to some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, lying three miles from Loch Ness and overlooking the mountains of Strathfarrar and the table plateau of Ben Wyvis. The house and cottage are surrounded by fields of Highland cattle, sheep and llamas, and forest walks are less than a mile away.
Totleigh Barton is a thatched, pre-Domesday manor house, surrounded by farmland in one of the most peaceful and beautiful parts of Devon, two miles from the village of Sheepwash. Workshops are held in a newly refurnished 15th century barn. The centre has rights of way across surrounding countryside with access to the nearby River Torridge.
Arvon is a resident at and one of the founding organisations of the Free Word Centre. Free Word brings together literature, literacy and free expression. Home to nine resident organisations and over 25 associates, it is a dynamic and international production house for literary culture, politics and ideas.