Ashtree House Bed and Breakfast

Ashtree House

   Bed & Breakfast   
Thornton: Birthplace of the Brontës.
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Re-opens Saturday 4th of July 2020


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 -now an Italian style coffee shop called Emily’s - 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 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 luxury bathroom. It offers a lovely view over the large rear garden with the bird feeding area and ponds.



Breakfast is served in the dinning room between 07:00 and 09:30. 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

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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:

£85.00 per night (per room).

£80.00 for single occupancy (per room).

£105 for family room (per room).


Double room with sole use of Luxury bathroom

£75.00 per night (per room).

£70.00 for single occupancy (per room).

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

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

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Price alteration from April 2021.

Please note:

Having held our prices for the past two years, we are having to increase our basic room price by £5.00 per night with effect from the 1st of April 2021.


Coronavirus update.

Corona Virus update 01/03/2021 

Re-opening 17th of May 2021

Corona Virus update 01/03/2021.

We are really looking forward to fully re-opening Ashtree House B & B on or around the 17th of May 2021.

This date is still not confirmed and will be led by government recommendations.

In preparation, for the re-opening we have undertaken a full audit, to address any changes that are required to help with viral safety.

This has covered our cleaning regimes, food preparation safety and how to maintain social distancing both within the property and when serving breakfast.

We feel that it is an advantage having only two rooms.  We do have time to be very though with our preparation of the room and social distancing, particularly in the dining room and the shared areas, is less complicated.

We would like to ensure guests that we take the safety of every guest as seriously as you would expect us to and request that all guests visiting us will ensure they also maintain social distance and hand hygiene during their stay with us.

We both look forward to being able to greet our guests very soon, to meet both old friends and new.

Bev and Chris

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This is what our guests think:


An absolutely beautiful place. Chris and Bev made us very welcome. Food delicious, we will certainly come back.




It has been a great pleasure to stay here while researching and writing "The mother of the brontes". Aside from a first class experience as a guest, Bev and Chris and Maureen have been enormously kind and generous with their time in sharing their knowledge of local history. A lovely stay.




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 om booking .com is MORE than deserved. Without doubt our best B &B stay yet !

A & S




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