Photography: Emily's café

Where better to curl up with a cup of coffee and copy of Wuthering Heights than at the childhood home of British writer Emily Brontë – now for sale as a café.

Emily’s, as the community café is known, takes over the Grade II*-listed Thornton home of Emily, Anne, Branwell and Charlotte Brontë, who were all born in the Yorkshire property’s dining room, now the café’s main space.

Emily Brontë’s birthplace
Photography: Emily’s café

‘We stripped the property back to a shell and redid it,’ says Emily’s owner Mark De Luca, who acquired the UK property for £120,000 after repossession, and spent £70,000 on refurbishing it.

But plenty of Brontë-era period features remain inside the writer’s home, including fireplaces, a timber staircase and stone slab flooring, which leads into the former drawing room, papered with pages from Wuthering Heights.

Emily Brontë’s birthplace
Photography: Emily’s café

The Brontës lived in the Thornton property – which is just four miles from Bradford – from 1815 to 1820. Since then it’s been used as a butchers, restaurant and was a Brontë Museum from 1997 to 2006, run by crime novelist Barbara Whitehead.

Most recently however, it was divided into rental units before the De Lucas family converted it into a café and two-bedroom family home, with its own private entrance.

Emily Brontë’s birthplace
Photography: Emily’s café

The café and home are for sale privately, for offers in the region of £250,000. Emily’s (which is currently open four days a week) brings in around £49,000 per annum.

Emily Brontë’s birthplace
Photography: Emily’s café

[Via The Telegraph]

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