The Grade II listed Red House building, originally built in 1660, opened as a museum in 1970 due to its association with Charlotte Bronte and the Taylor family. The property is mentioned in the novel “Shirley” by Charlotte Bronte.
After closing as a museum in 2016, the building – along with a former independent one-story trolley shed – has since been mostly vacant.
Kirklees Council has submitted a planning request to change the use of the two buildings to short-term vacation stays, providing a unique vacation stay experience, in buildings inextricably linked to Bronte’s provenance and heritage.
While occupying the same site, the wagon sheds and the Maison Rouge can and will operate independently of each other. The house will be available for short-term vacation rentals as a single household unit, accommodating a single party, under a single booking, up to 10 people in five bedrooms.
The wagon shed would consist of four independent apartments, which could be booked individually and independently of Red House.
The two smaller apartments can accommodate up to two people; the larger apartments will be equipped with a sofa bed to accommodate small families.
Because of its romantic associations with the Brontes and the property’s appeal to heritage-motivated visitors, council anticipates that guests staying at Red House could request to combine their stay with a wedding ceremony in the house.
The council would therefore seek a license for the main reception hall for small wedding ceremonies, so that guests staying in the house can get married as part of their stay.
If the plans are approved by the Strategic Planning Committee, Red House will be available for booking for weekly stays, but also for short three-night stays, weekends and midweek. This means that at full capacity there will be a maximum of two guest changes per week.
In the Cart Shed there will be a minimum stay of two nights, which means that when operating at full capacity there will be a maximum of three guest changes per week, per apartment.
The plans are now available for full reading on the Kirklees Council website and local residents and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the consultation process which ends on January 3, 2022.
Councilor Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Business, said: âAfter being closed for five years, I am happy that we are now in a position to submit such an exciting plan to get the Red House back up and running.
âWe know locals and Brontes fans would love to see Red House reopen.
âSo we have worked hard to deliver good use which not only recognizes and celebrates the cultural and historical significance of the building, but provides it with a sustainable financial future to prevent it from closing again.
âThis is part of our broader business strategy of investing in our heritage assets, ensuring that they also play an important role in the future of Kirklees as well as in our past. “
Councilor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said: âWe know that fans of literature would love the opportunity to stay in a place that features in a novel written by one of the most important authors. recognizable from our country.
Better yet, house guests can combine their stay with a small wedding ceremony in the Maison Rouge building.
âThis is a truly exciting project that will allow us to celebrate the cultural and historical significance of this fantastic site.
âOur plans will now go through the planning process and I encourage people to speak out on them by participating in the consultation.
âWe want to work closely with the local people to make sure it suits them perfectly, because this is a building that has a special place in our hearts. “