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Ashtree House Bed and Breakfast

Ashtree House

   Bed & Breakfast   
Thornton: Birthplace of the Brontës.
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About Ashtree House Bed and Breakfast.

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Ashtree House is a family run bed and breakfast on the outskirts of the village of Thornton, the birth place of the Brontë family.

The house was built in 1863, originally as a country inn run by the Thwaites family. It remained  a hostelry until the late 1930s when it changed  use to a residential property. The  current owners Bev and Chris Hughes have lovingly updated their home to provide high quality bed and breakfast accommodation, whilst still retaining the traditional Victorian features.   

Ashtree House is located on the edge of the village close to the wonderful unspoilt Yorkshire countryside, and moorland made famous by the Brontë novels.

Thornton village boasts the Brontë birth place,  as well as an arts and craft centre at South Square, with its own vegetarian café, Christophe's coffee house is also close by. There are several local hostelries and eateries that serve high quality food.

The property is close to Halifax (6 miles) with its famous and recently renovated Piece Hall and to Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage. For those visiting the area on business Ashtree House is conveniently located for access to the M62 (10 miles). 

Bev and Chris aim to offer a warm and comfortable environment in which to relax and enjoy your stay.

Our Rooms

We offer two double bedrooms for use by guests, These are named after areas of Thornton: Shillycake and Hoppit


Shillycake is a luxury double room with an en suite shower room. There is space in the room for a small additional single bed or travel cot, should a family room be required.


Hoppit is a double room with the sole use of a large luxury bathroom with bath and separate shower. It offers a lovely view over the extensive rear garden with the bird feeding area and ponds.



Breakfast is served in the dinning room between 07:30 and 09:00. Enjoy a traditional cooked breakfast with locally sourced produce, or, for a lighter meal, choose from the selection of cereals fruits, yogurts or toast.
We aim to cater for all dietary requirements, so please just ask and we will endeavour to accommodate your needs.


Free Wifi

Free wifi is available in all areas of the house.

 Guests are invited to use the  comfortable lounge with television and games and reading material.
A quite place to sit and read, or wind-down after a busy day. 

Guests are also welcome to use the garden. Bev and Chris are keen to encourage wildlife in to the garden. You may be lucky enough to see the badger, or fox.  If not there is always the busy bird feeders, the fish in the ponds or watch the antics of the chickens that provide your breakfast eggs.

Other Facilities

Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the rooms.

Each room has a TV with freeview and radio alarm.  Also a hair dryer is provided for guest use.

Do ask if you have a request for something we have failed to mention and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Accessibility Statement

Ashtree House is also our home and it is a traditional Victorian property. Whilst we aim to meet all needs and requirements of our guests, unfortunately the property is not suitable for wheelchair users, as all our bedrooms are located on the first floor. These are accessed via the house stairway. The stairs are wide and shallow with a landing part way up. However if you do have limited mobility, please discuss this with us before you book. Please see the gallery pictures of the hall which might help you make your decision.


To check availability or book:

If you have a Paypal account you can book direct using the "book a room now"  button.


Please contact Bev and Chris using the details on the contacts page

Ashtree House Gallery.

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Surrounding area

Surrounding area

Thornton village is the birth place of the Brontës. The Bronte birthplace is now an Italian café. Visitors can linger around the ruins and pretty gardens of the original church "The Brontë bell chapel". where Patrick Brontë was curate.
The village boasts several cafes and eateries giving a choice of lunch time  and evening venues.
South Square is an arts centre, with shops, galleries, vegetarian café and Gin bar. Originally a collection of stone masons cottages the revitalised project brings the arts to the heart of the village.

Thornton is five miles from the city of Bradford, with the National  Science and  Media Museum and the Alhambra theatre. Saltaire is a world heritage site with Salts mill, which houses a David Hockney exhibition and a variety of retail outlets and eateries.

While you are there, why not take a walk along the Leeds to Liverpool canal and visit Bingley's Five Rise Locks, calling into the café for a cake or ice cream.

Country side
Thornton is located on the edge of the Yorkshire moors in the heart of Brontë country. Within a few minutes you can be on the wild and beautiful moors. Why not visit Top Withens which is thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering heights.
Have a wander through the woodlands and  along the waters edge at Ogden reservoir, a nature reserve, just over a mile from Ashtree House.
If you wish to explore the further afield , Thornton is only 30 minutes from Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The local Sustrans cycle route, is accessed just across the road and follows a scenic route across the viaduct to Queensbury.


Haworth is a picturesque village 7 miles from Thornton. It is famous for the "BrontëParsonage" which now houses the Bronte  Museum. Haworth is known for its cobbled streets and traditional shops which are well worth a visit.

Keighley and Worth Valley steam railway.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a 5-mile-long (8 km) branch line that served mills and villages in the Worth Valley and is now a heritage railway line in West Yorkshire, England. It runs from Keighley to Oxenhope, stopping at Haworth en-route.


Ashtree House is six miles from Halifax, with its historic Piece Hall which has recently been refurbished  and provides a variety of entertainment, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars .  Halifax is also the home of  Eureka!  The  National Children's Museum. Shibden Hall , the home of Anne Lister (of Gentleman Jack fame) is just six miles away.

Business traveller?

Ashtree House is ideally placed for visiting the cities and towns of West Yorkshire.

The bed and breakfast is located 15 minutes drive from the M62. 

Bev and Chris strive to offer a quiet peaceful surrounding in which to rest after a hard day at the office.


Our Tariffs.

Our tariffs are per room per night.



Double room with en-suite:

£89.00 per night (per room).

£84.00 for single occupancy (per room).

£115.00 for family room (per room).


Double room with sole use of Luxury bathroom

£85.00 per night (per room).

£80.00 for single occupancy (per room).

We offer a £10.00 reduction per room for the third and subsequent nights.

Stays of 7 nights or more are charged at £75.00 per night

We kindly ask for a £30.00 deposit on making your booking.

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Price alteration from September 2022.
Please note:
Unfortunately, we are having to increase our basic room prices from 1st September 2022.

Customer comments

This is what our guests think:


Great stay. Big thanks to Bev and Chris for their hospitality, excellent breakfast

a credit to you both. Hope to stay again soon.

A & T


Another great stay. lovely hosts, big thankyou both Bev and Chris, see you again soon.

Take care X.


Thankyou for a lovely stay. Excellent accommodation, fantastic breakfast (especially GF) and friendly hosts. Nothing is too much trouble. All the best to you both. X.  

B & R


Perfect Host and Hostess, made me feel very welcome. Bed was lovely & comfy, I slept like a log. Very accommodating to my GF needs and I very much appreciated the scrambled egg on toast. Bev made especially for me. I hope to see you again in 2023 when we do our grand tour Thankyou!!



This is an amazing place to stay, nothing too much trouble. Chris and Bev are the nicest people. We can say it is one of the best places we have stayed and we will be back soon.  Very homely and relaxing. Breakfast was perfect in every way, lots of nice touches eg fresh flowers and preservatives .




Thank you so much for a lovely stay, all the extra touches, the biscuits, baby toys, changing mat etc, etc made it even more lovely!



This is without doubt the best B and B that I have ever stayed in. Its a really beautiful and tastefully decorated home that has everything to make one feel comfortable and at home. Our lovely hosts Chris and Bev were so welcoming and so helpful and serve the best breakfast ever. Hope to come back to this fabulous place again.




After the cold let-down that the accommodations of Leeds were, arriving at this wonderful B & B felt like stepping into a a hot bath. Glad you guys would have us and the 9.9 on booking .com is MORE than deserved. Without doubt our best B &B stay yet !

A & S


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