Our three writing houses are each historic, beautiful and peaceful but with a distinct character – from the lush meadows of North Devon and the forested hills of Shropshire, to the dramatic uplands of Yorkshire. Away from everyday distractions, these are special places where you can feel free to imagine, concentrate and write.
OUR WRITING HOUSES
THE HURST, SHROPSHIRE
The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.
TOTLEIGH BARTON, DEVON
Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.
LUMB BANK, YORKSHIRE
Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner's house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.
THE CLOCKHOUSE, SHROPSHIRE
The Clockhouse is Arvon's dedicated writing retreat. It sits alongside The Hurst in the Shropshire Hills.
Arvon welcomes writers with disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements, please discuss with us prior to booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs. All communal spaces, including workshop spaces, are accessible to people with mobility issues. Each centre can accommodate a personal assistant or carer if required, and if there are spaces available. Accessibility to bedrooms and bathrooms varies by centre. The Hurst has the most comprehensive facilities for disabled people, with wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access. For detailed access information on each house and for our online programme, please visit our dedicated access page.