Our centres are three historic and beautiful writers’ houses. Each is remote 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.


The Hurst front


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 pond and garden


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 house


Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners 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.


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.

Lumb Bank has a bedroom with a specially adapted ensuite wetroom equipped for wheelchair access.

Totleigh Barton has a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

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