Let me paint a picture for you. A picturesque 19th century Yorkshire house, not quite stone, not quite brick. Two stories, two bedrooms, two and a half baths. The first (ground) floor home to a quaint cafe rated as one of the top five restaurants in a small town of less than twenty thousand people. Smell of roast coffee in the air, a handful of people reading hardcover books. It sounds like paradise doesn’t it?
Now what if I told you it also happened to be the birthplace and home of the Bronte sisters and it could all be yours for the low price of £250,000 (about $338,000)!
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Built in 1802 by John Ashworth, this charming house is currently owned by Marc and Michelle DeLuca, who have renovated the historic building since they purchased it as a repossession, though have been careful to keep plenty of period details from the Bronte’s time: multiple fireplaces, a wooden staircase, and stone slab flooring throughout what was the Bronte’s drawing room, now a sixteen-top dining room for the cafe (aptly named Emily’s).
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My parents have been passive aggressively whispering about “moving away” for the past year or two. When I sent my mother the listing for Emily Bronte’s childhood home I did not expect the extravagant and unnecessary eye roll I received.
The house and cafe is located at 72-74 Market Street in Thornton, Yorkshire. Its former lives include a butcher shop, a museum of English classics, the home of the Bronte sisters until 1820, a popular cafe, and now your dream home.
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