24-Hour Room Service: Ashmount Guest House, Haworth, West Yorkshire

Hens clucked and scratched behind the chicken wire as Ray Copeland stooped to fill a basket with freshly laid eggs. Sunlight poured into the garden in front of a forbidding stone façade. A pair of doves rubbed shoulders on top of a white dovecot. In the distance, the valley rose up to moorlands etched with dry-stone walls. But for the wind turbine spinning futuristically on a hill, there was no doubt we had arrived in Brontë country.

"Welcome to Haworth," said Ray, the proprietor of Ashmount and the keeper of this quintessentially English view. Placing the eggs on a table in the lobby, he hauled our bags up the stairs to a room with a brass plaque bearing the name of Dr Amos Ingham. A character from a lesser-known novel by one of the Brontë sisters? "Not quite," said Ray. "He was their physician."

Dr Ingham, Ray informed us, built Ashmount House in 1870. He tended to Charlotte Brontë when she died in 1855 and her father, Patrick Brontë, six years later. The history of Ashmount is intertwined with that of the Brontës. But whether or not you're a fan of the novels of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, Ashmount is an ideal base for exploring the brooding moors and picturesque villages that inspired their writings. Ray and his partner, Gill, have kept the period feel of the property, with antique furniture and four-poster beds in the sumptuously decorated rooms. Adorning the walls are 19th- and early-20th-century art and political cartoons.

Like Ashmount, Haworth has retained its historic charms: the steep high street is paved with thick Yorkshire setts, along which you'll find the antiquated livery of Rose & Co Apothecary, formerly home to the druggist who kept Branwell (the errant Brontë brother) in supply of laudanum. The stocks beside the church are a reminder of the public humiliations that were once endured. Behind the church, the parsonage is the focal point of the tourist trail, as it houses the excellent Brontë museum (01535 642 323; www.bronte.org.uk; open 10am-5.30pm April to September, 11am-5pm October to March, £6). From here you can set out on the many trails to beauty spots such as Brontë Falls (1.5 miles) and Top Withins (2.5 miles).



LOCATION

Ashmount Country House, Mytholmes Lane, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8EZ (01535 645 726; www.ashmounthaworth.co.uk). Off-street parking is available. The hotel is around half an hour's drive west from Bradford.

Time from railway station: 15 minutes by bus to Keighley, the nearest mainline station (Haworth is served by buses 663, 664, 665 and 720). For a suitably Victorian arrival, stop at Haworth on the Keighley and Worth Valley steam railway (01535 645 214; www.kwvr.co.uk).

Time from international airport: Around 40 minutes' drive from Leeds Bradford.



COMFORTABLE?

Ray and Gill's reverence for the past is matched only by a healthy predilection for mod cons: the rooms have flat-screen televisions, some feature iPod docking stations, and two have outdoor, wood-panelled hot tubs in their own secluded yards. Our room had a large sofa and armchair with gorgeous views over the colourful gardens and moors beyond. Although we longed to simmer under the stars in a hot-tub room, our power shower with adjustable body-jets was enough to soothe limbs sore from hiking on the moors. The large Yorkshire breakfasts (complete with freshly laid eggs) are the perfect fuel for a hike. Ashmount does not serve evening meals, but arrangements can be made at local restaurants within a few minutes' walk.

Freebies: A bowl of apples, a small decanter of sherry, bottled water, a pocket-sized box of chocolates, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, tea, coffee and shortbread.

Keeping in touch: No phones in the rooms, but complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.



THE BOTTOM LINE

Double rooms range from £70 to £150 per night, including breakfast.

I'm not paying that: The comfortable and contemporary Thyme House (01535 211 860; www.thethymehouse.co.uk) has stunning views and offers doubles with breakfast from £80 a night.

Suggested Topics
News
Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank Maloney, entered the 2014 Celebrity Big Brother house
people
Sport
Dwight Gayle (left) celebrates making it 1-1 with Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak
premier leagueReds falter to humbling defeat
Sport
Harry Kane
premier leagueLive minute-by-minute coverage
News
The letter, purported to be from the 1970s, offered a message of gender equality to parents

When it comes to promoting equality of the sexes, we tend to think that we’ve come a long way in the past 40 years.

News
video
Arts and Entertainment
Jerry Hall (Hand out press photograph provided by jackstanley@theambassadors.com)
theatre
News
peopleFormer civil rights activist who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine has died aged 78
Arts and Entertainment
tv
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Damien Hirst
artCoalition's anti-culture policy and cuts in local authority spending to blame, says academic
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Kirk Cameron is begging his Facebook fans to give him positive reviews
film
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Sport
Jonny May scores for England
rugby unionEngland 28 Samoa 9: Wing scores twice to help England record their first win in six
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Excellent opportunities are available for par...

    Investigo: IT Auditor

    £60000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits : Investigo: A global leading travel busi...

    Recruitment Genius: Chef De Partie x 2

    £16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This charming and contemporary ...

    Recruitment Genius: Membership Sales Advisor - OTE £20,000 Uncapped

    £15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Day In a Page

    Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

    Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

    Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
    Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

    The last Christians in Iraq

    After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
    Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

    Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

    Britain braced for Black Friday
    Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

    From America's dad to date-rape drugs

    Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
    Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

    Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

    As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
    Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

    Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

    The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
    Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

    The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

    Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
    Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

    Flogging vlogging

    First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
    Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

    Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

    US channels wage comedy star wars
    When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

    When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

    When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
    Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

    Look what's mushrooming now!

    Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
    Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

    More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

    The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
    Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

    Oeuf quake

    Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
    Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

    Terry Venables column

    Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
    Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

    Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

    Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin