Meet writers Rowan Coleman and Sharon Wright!

Not one but TWO fantastic writers will be here at Ponden Hall on the evening of Saturday August 31 from 7-9pm to talk about their new books over a glass of bubbly. Sunday Times bestselling novelist Rowan Coleman’s new novel ‘The Girl at the Window’ is a ghostly love story told across time, set right […]

Ponden Hall makes it into The Times…!

We can sometimes miss the fact that we are appearing in the national prints! Which is why we were delighted that our Peat Loft guests Stuart and Pat emailed us a copy of last Saturday’s ‘Times’, with this great feature in it by Fiona Wilson – mentioning us! Thank you, Stuart and Pat, and a […]

More verses from the Ponden poet…

Our guest Jim returned on Saturday night for Haworth’s 40s weekend with his wife Caroline and son Damon, and left us another verse. He is rapidly becoming our poet in residence! Imagining the Past Ponden Hall, the Heaton suite, Amazing history at your feet. Using imagination and your mind’s eye, Visualising events of times gone […]

Share a spooky Brontë Hallowe’en with us and actress Caroline Lamb…

There are just a couple of tickets left for a ghostly Brontë evening this Hallowe’en, Saturday October 31, at 7pm, here at Ponden Hall. Actress Caroline Lamb will read ghostly extracts from the Brontës’ work, we’ll enjoy a pie, pea and parkin supper around the fire – then you can share YOUR ghostly experiences, as […]

Inspired to poetry! – A tribute from one of our lovely guests

Jim Murphy from Wigan stayed last night with his wife Caroline and son Damon in the Heaton Room, and as he left handed me a folded piece of lined paper. Intrigued, I opened it to find he had been inspired in thie night to write us a poem! ‘Can I post it on our website?’ […]

The Edwardian balloonist who plummeted to her death in our back field

An odd thing about the hamlet of Ponden, is that, although tiny, it seems to have been involved in one way or another with many of the major happenings of the area. Most people, of course, think of Haworth in the context of the Brontës, but there are other fascinating histories connected with this old-fashioned […]

The risky business of a coffee-and-walnut cake…

Photo: courtesy Jayne Clinton Coffee cakes are a love them/hate them thing – I rarely make one for guests, since those who dislike coffee flavouring really dislike it – for a while they even tried to get rid of coffee-flavoured Revels, for goodness’ sake! Those who love them, meanwhile, really love them… I was fortunate […]

Swedish lavender dreams

As part of my ongoing excursions into Scandinavian cookery I made a plate of these scented, crispy lavender biscuits this morning. I’ve wanted to cook with lavender for as long as I can remember. A few years ago I experimented with a lavender sorbet – our priest, Father Ben, kindly donated the flowers from a […]

Seeing the Hall through a photographer’s eyes

Photo: Courtesy Anneleen Lindsay We live here at Ponden Hall, and we’ve been here for 16 years. Although we fell in love with the house the moment we set foot over the threshold to stand in the long, L-shaped hallway sloping down into the house a little like a hobbit’s burrow, we’ve grown shamingly […]

The best heather ever

We got back from a week’s holiday in the early hours yesterday, to discover that in our absence the moors had exploded in colour! I don’t know whether it’s last year’s mild winter, or the gorgeous sun we had earlier this summer, or the rainiest August for ages, but we think the heather this year […]