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Writers Retreat – practical details

Travel to The Clockhouse

By  train / taxi

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.

You will need to book a cab to collect you. Below are the numbers of local companies we recommend. The journey takes around 20 minutes so please bear this in mind when you are planning your trip.

Arms Cars (Colin)                      07969 693112
Rocket Ron                                07890 904732
Alan’s Cab                                 07970 683126

By car:

Details on how to travel to The Hurst by car can be found here. We have plenty of free car parking available at The Hurst.

Arrival time

You should plan to arrive between 12 mid-day and 4pm. An Arvon staff member will give a short talk about the centre at 4pm. Please note that we are not able to receive you here at the Clockhouse until mid-day.


All your food will be provided during your stay at The Clockhouse. Breakfast and lunch will be a “help yourself” arrangement and for your evening meal, there will be a choice of locally produced frozen meals for you to heat up. We will provide meat, vegetarian and vegan options but for all other dietary requirements please feel free to bring what you need with you.

We encourage you to dine with your fellow writers at 7pm each evening if you would like to. If you wish to drink alcohol please bring your own supplies. There is a general store in Clun, the nearest village, with a good range of wines and beers.


There is a reasonable mobile signal for EE and Vodafone at The Clockhouse but on other networks, the coverage varies. There is a payphone (01588 640987) and there is Wi-Fi available throughout the building. There are also two  printers located in communal areas.


Towels will be provided and there is a washing machine and tumble drier in The Clockhouse which you are welcome to use. The Clockhouse will be cleaned weekly, after writers have departed, and not during the period of your stay. You will have access to the 26 acres of Hurst grounds and gardens so do bring some suitable footwear.

The local area

The Hurst sits within The Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are some wonderful walks, in every direction. We will provide local maps and recommended walks.


The building is wheelchair-accessible throughout, with level access to all floors and a lift. There is also one apartment with a height-adjustable desk and fully accessible wet-room. Please let us know your accessibility needs on booking, and we will do our utmost to accommodate your requirements.


As The Clockhouse is a retreat space we ask that you do not invite any guests into The Clockhouse during your stay there.


We are sorry but you pets are not allowed at The Clockhouse.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to be in touch either by phone or e-mail – / 01588 640 658

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