Recently renovated, The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation. All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.
The Arvon Writers Retreat is held at the Clockhouse, in the grounds of The Hurst.
The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.
The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.
The Hurst is about 8 miles west of Craven Arms on the B4368 between Clun and Clunton. Head for Craven Arms on the A49, between Ludlow and Shrewsbury. At the Craven Arms Hotel, take the B4368, signposted Clun. One mile beyond Clunton, you will see a white house on your right. Just past this is a left-hand turn into our driveway. From Wales, or via Bishop’s Castle, head for Clun on the A488. In Clun, take the B4368 signposted Craven Arms. After 1 mile you will come to a left-hand bend with a black-and-white chevron warning sign – the right-hand turn just around the bend is The Hurst driveway.
There are rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England from Craven Arms station, eight miles away.
The nearest station is Craven Arms, eight miles from The Hurst. It is a fairly well-serviced station on the main line between Manchester and Cardiff, with rail connections to London, the North and South-West England.
The Hurst Opens its Doors to the Public
Arvon would like to welcome you to The Hurst, our Shropshire centre, for an Open Afternoon on Sunday 8…
COURSES AT The Hurst ALL COURSES
1 . STARTING TO WRITE
Keep it real and carry on
Discovering what you want to write about and the best form for your voice is a ...
- Karen McCarthy Woolf
- Courttia Newland
- Guest: Roopa Farooki
5 . STARTING TO WRITE
A way into writing
If you’ve ever wanted to explore creative writing but you haven’t found a w ...
- Rachel Seiffert
- Sam Riviere
- Guest: Shazea Quraishi
8 . EDITING FICTION
Making your fiction all it can be
This is a week of editing fiction for novelists or short story writers who want ...
- Sunjeev Sahota
- Kate Harvey
- Guest: Lisa Blower
26 . STARTING TO WRITE A NOVEL
From idea to first draft
If you have the urge to write a novel but don’t know where to begin, or have ...
- Jonathan Lee
- Tiffany Murray
- Guest: Shelley Harris
30 . SPECULATIVE FICTION
Writing about what you don’t know
What if there were a writing course that covered all the basics – story stru ...
- Joanna Kavenna
- Liz Jensen
- Guest: Brian Catling
44 . POETRY: TUTORED RETREAT
A dialogue between poets, present and past
All poetry is a conversation – with the past, with other writers, with other ...
- John Greening
- Jo Bell
- Guest: Niall Campbell
44 . Poetry
How do Poems Think?
William Carlos Williams said ‘No ideas but in things’. Considering this and ...
- Michael Symmons Roberts
- Frances Leviston
- Guest: Selina Nwulu
49 . Poetry
The art of creating a collection
Making the leap to producing a collection is different from writing single poe ...
- Fiona Sampson
- Brenda Hillman
- Guest: Ahren Warner
50 . Poetry
Writing public poetry out of private chaos
Poets write out of their personal chaos – the preoccupations that arise from ...
- Clare Pollard
- Steve Ely
- Guest: Carole Bromley
56 . NON-FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Life and other journeys
At the heart of the finest travel books, memoirs and histories is a writer’s ...
- Rory MacLean
- Justin Marozzi
- Guest: Sara Wheeler
57 . NON-FICTION
History, memory and the art of telling stories
A trunk in the attic, a hundred year old photograph book, letters from the fron ...
- Julie Summers
- Sukhdev Sandhu
- Guest: Madge Dresser
57 . Narrative Non-Fiction
Turning factual stories into creafted narrative
This week will give you the tools to write engaging narrative non-fiction, tur ...
- Tobias Jones
- Andrea Stuart
- Guest: Horatio Clare
58 . Narrative Non-Fiction
Telling true stories
This week we will explore a wide variety of narrative based techniques for tel ...
- Melanie McGrath
- Jay Griffiths
- Guest: Clarles Foster
60 . Starting to Write Non-Fiction
From memoir to investigative reportage
Do you have a non-fiction subject you are burning to write about? Are you unsu ...
- Paul Kingsnorth
- Melanie Challenger
- Guest: Jessica Woollard