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You can now own a café located in the Brontë sisters’ birthplace in England

A café located in the English birthplace of the famous Brontë sisters is now up for sale, which may appeal to literary fans.

Writers Charlotte (1816) Emily (1818) and Anne (1820) were born in the historically significant building on 72-74 Market Street in the village of Thornton, West Yorkshire, along with their brother Patrick. They lived in the 1802 house as their father, Reverend Patrick Brontë, worked locally at Thornton Chapel. The family then moved to the parsonage in Haworth in 1820, where the sisters spent most of their lives and wrote their famous novels and poetry.

The Thornton home was formerly a museum to Charlotte (Jane Eyre) Emily (Wuthering Heights) and Anne (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall) for many years. Prior to it being turned into a café, the house had been used as a buy-to-let and was split up into bedsits.

Current owners Marc De Luca and his wife Michelle had been looking for a place to open a coffee shop. They purchased it for £120,000 in 2014 and transformed it into a single-family home and an Italian café and deli called Emily’s. While they spent £70,000 completely renovating it, some of the original details remain, including the timber staircase, several fireplaces and a stone slab floor.

After several happy years, the De Lucas are now selling the property as they have two children and are too busy to devote time to it, their family and their other business, De Luca Hair. They are hoping to sell it for about £250,000/$338,000 and say it is very busy. Open four days a week from Thursday to Sunday, it has seating for 16 in the Brontës’ former dining room, next to an original fireplace.

So if you are in the market for moving to a cute English village and owning a piece of literary history, the childhood home of the famous Brontë sisters may be right up your street.