Centres - Arvon


Our centres are four historic houses in different parts of the British countryside. Each is remote and peaceful but with a distinct character, from the gentle hills of Devon and Shropshire, to the dales of Yorkshire, or the moorland slopes of the Scottish Highlands. Away from everyday distractions, these are special places where you can feel free to imagine, concentrate and write.



Lumb Bank

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

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Moniack Mhor

Moniack Mhor hosts 17 Arvon weeks in the year, and features many Scottish writers amongst its tutors. The centre lies three miles from Loch Ness and overlooks the mountains of Strathfarrar and Ben Wyvis.


The Hurst

Set in the Shropshire Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the recently renovated centre includes a fully accessible Manor House, 26 acres of lush woodland and a spring-fed lake.

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Totleigh Barton

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. There is a beautiful and productive garden and orchard.