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The Hurst

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.

Read more about John Osborne and The Hurst




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.




Centre Director:
Natasha Carlish
Assistant Centre Director:
Donna Salisbury
Assistant Centre Director:
Jo King
Centre Assistant:
Anna Taylor
Senior Centre Administrator:
Dan Pavitt

The Hurst
The John Osborne Arvon Centre
Clunton, Craven Arms
Shropshire SY7 0JA

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