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Elmet Farmhouse

exterior shot of the historic property
Vintage design heaven in a funky farmhouse with groovy interiors & fabulous views near hip Hebden Bridge & Yorkshire Dales

Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire, England

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If you love vintage design, you'll adore Elmet Farmhouse, a historic 18th century farmhouse with groovy midcentury furnishings and awe-inspiring views near funky Hebden Bridge.

Decorated and 'curated' by design writer Lesley Jackson (author of numerous books on 20th-century design), Elmet's interiors are wonderfully quirky and full of surprises, combining stone mullion windows and carved stone fireplaces with stylish Scandi-Modern furniture, striking wallpapers and fabulous post-war textiles. Beautiful cut-paper lamps and furnishings by star local designer Hannah Nunn are dotted throughout the house, making it extra-special.

A haven for design buffs and vintage addicts, Elmet Farmhouse was a Finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire's 2016 White Rose Awards. Perched on top of the Pennines above Hebden Bridge - Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Competition - Elmet has breathtaking views across the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags (a National Trust gem) towards the ancient village of Heptonstall. Set in stunning countryside, this is the landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters and local poet Ted Hughes. The ever-changing panorama is like a Turner painting in 3D.

Light and spacious, Elmet Farmhouse sleeps 6 in 3 lovely bedrooms, each furnished in a unique style, dotted with vintage delights. Cosy for couples, but roomy for families and larger groups (up to 8), the farmhouse has a large lounge with a long window seat and boasts a fabulous array of vintage games. The roomy farmhouse kitchen has a big oak table and colourful vintage crockery. The whole house is inspiring and every room is a delight.

Encircled by hay meadows, Elmet Farmhouse has a beautiful cottage garden where guests can sit outside have a drink and take in the breathtaking views. Set in a spectacular corner of Yorkshire, there are wonderful walks in all directions through bluebell woods, along riverside paths and over heather moors. The wildlife is amazing - deer, pheasants and woodpeckers can be seen from the window and lapwings, curlews and golden plovers up on the hills.

Shop til you drop in the hip and happening Hebden Bridge, renowned for its quirky independent boutiques and cafes. Visit the Robin Hood Inn in Pecket Well for a pint of ale, the local hostelry, or visit the Towngate Tea Room in Heptonstall and the grave of Sylvia Plath. Bronte fans will be in their element at Elmet Farmhouse, which is in the heart of Bronte Country. Hike over to Top Withins (the inspiration for Wuthering Heights) or visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth where the Bronte sisters wrote their famous novels.

The glorious Yorkshire Dales are close by, with marvels such as Malham Cove and Wharfedale. The extraordinary village of Saltaire - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of magnificent Salt's Mill - is just a few miles away. Culture vultures will adore the Hepworth Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, two award-winning museums showcasing the works of Yorkshire sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The historic city of York, the Victorian splendours of Leeds and the handsome spa towns of Ilkley and Harrogate – home of the legendary Betty's Tea Rooms – are also within easy reach.

Weekly lets are normally from Friday to Friday. Prices are seasonal and vary from £460 to £980 per week. Short stays are also available: minimum stay 3 nights.

To make an enquiry, please check the calendar and click on the Booking Enquiry link above to get in touch. Sorry, no pets.

Room Types:

  • Accommodation for 5+


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Leeds-Bradford


  • Car parking
  • Family friendly
pretty garden and view
guest bedroom at Elmet
twin room
unusual wallpaper makes interesting rooms
changing outlook
amazing misty views
large fireplace
Elmet Farmhouse in Spring
exterior shot
vintage textiles
interesting interiors
double bedroom
the lounge at Elmet Farmhouse
vintage furnishings
the kitchen

Latest feedback from our recent guests
by Elmet
on April 26, 2017
‘This is a very special house in an outstanding location. The owners have lavished great care on restoration of the building and every detail of the attractive and interesting 20th century design interiors; beautiful textile hangings, interesting ceramics and glass, even vintage board games! No ordinary holiday cottage. Highly recommended.’ (Melanie, Peter, Jack, Florence and Matilda, Dorchester, April 2017)
More reviews from our recent guests
by Elmet
on March 30, 2017
‘Loved the house, surroundings and local area. Lots to see and do. Thanks and best wishes.’ (Siobhan, Alexis, Fiona and Jenny, Suffolk, Nottingham and the Wirral, March 2017)

‘A fantastic stay! Beautiful views. Thank you so much.’ (Rory, Hannah, Lizzie, Nathan, Martha and Hunter, London, March 2017)

‘Our second February half term in a row. We love the house and have also fallen for Hebden Bridge and the beautiful surrounding landscape. I’m sure we’ll be back. Many thanks.’ (Aaron, Laura, Tabitha, Reuben, Sylvie and Mark, London, February 2017)

‘Had the most wonderful stay at Elmet Farmhouse! Felt so welcomed and truly relaxed in this beautiful home. We can’t thank Lesley enough and will be sure to come back again.’ (Mark and Helen, Sheffield, January 2017)
Reviews from our most recent guests
by Elmet
on January 26, 2017
'Elmet is sublime indeed. A beautiful place in a stunning location.' Tim, London, January 2017)

'We've had a lovely stay at Elmet. What a fabulous location and cosy house. Freshly home made scones and jam awaited us on our arrival.' (Carol, London, January 2017)
Two reviews from xmas & new year guests
by Elmet
on January 4, 2017
‘So glad we have returned here to this special place. Thank you we have all loved it.’ (Tim and Gill, London, January 2017)

‘Elmet Farmhouse has the most perfect location with every amenity you could wish for. Comfort, style, presentation and cleanliness is second to none. You have provided the perfect Yorkshire experience for my Canadian family and allowed me to relive my youth! I’m sat here writing in your visitors’ book looking out of the historic windows at the most amazing view of my childhood stomping ground. Congratulations for providing such a high standard and thanks for a great Christmas!’ (Chris, London, December 2016)
A few recent rave reviews for Elmet
by Elmet
on December 20, 2016
"Simply a stunning, beautiful, immaculately presented property with a most accommodating and thoughtful host - we traveled through Europe for 5 weeks and Elmet was easily and comprehensively the best place we stayed. The home has charm and character in spades but is also equipped to a very high standard with everything thought of and more - we could have stayed much, much longer and never been bored. Our family of 5 had more than enough room and 6 would fit just as easily - the property is easy to access from Hebden Bridge and has wonderful views. Highly recommended!"
Phil - Brisbane, Australia, DECEMBER 2016

"Total pleasure to stay here; such attention to detail that we were warm, intrigued, equipped, comfortable and well-informed about things to do. We arrived to a tray of scones and locally-made jam and Lesley popped round to make sure we were happy. It's not often you stay in a house whose design has been curated by an expert in the field of mid 20th-century decor, and it really showed. She is also aware of what is important to people staying away from home, and provided accordingly. Our children absolutely loved the bagatelle! Wet and windy adventures outside, lovely and cosy inside. Bravo!"
Bruno - Oxford, NOVEMBER 2016

"The setting and views are exceptional but Lesley's attention to detail is what really makes this place stand out. Lesley has been meticulous in designing a cosy abode, but is also meticulous in ensuring every whim is catered for and every need met. A warm welcome with scones and homemade jam was delightful, as well as the thoughtfulness to leave out the relevant books and guides pertaining to our particular interests. Always on hand to help, but never intrusive. Would highly recommend. "
Sophie - London, AUGUST 2016

"A wonderful place to stay. The views are magnificent, so much so that I found myself simply staring across the valley to Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall church on numerous occasions. The cottage is fantastically well equipped, kitchen wise and the interior decoration and furnishing is a joy. Lesley lives next door, is not intrusive but couldn't be more welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed walking, the numerous paths around Hardcastle Crags are worthy of mention. I'd recommend wholeheartedly."
Alastair, Buckinghamshire, JULY 2016

"What a lovely cottage: spacious, beautifully furnished, comfortable beds, gorgeous views and great hiking trails all around. Lesley even welcomed us with delicious homemade scones! I would definitely return to Elmet Farmhouse."
Kasia - London, MAY 2016

"Elmet Farmhouse is exceptional. I felt privileged to bask in the immaculate comfort and cosy, mid-century chic of this beautifully restored, appointed and designed farmhouse. Lesley was warmly welcoming and helpful, pointing us toward walks in the stunning surrounding countryside and patiently answering all our questions. Keen readers will appreciate the literary connections of the area (including the farmhouse drive -- be sure to ask) and the farmhouse's small, well-chosen collection of relevant books, printed and 'spoken'. All that, and freshly baked scones and homemade jams, too. Grateful."
Sheila - London, MAY 2016

"A beautiful farmhouse, beautifully restored, extremely comfortable & with fantastic views. Lesley couldn't be more helpful, giving lifts, advising on walks, and what a fantastic collection of local information. And her home made scones are to die for! Much more to explore in this wonderful area, and it's a great house to come back to after a day's walking. "
Marie - Derbyshire, APRIL 2016
Review from December 2014
by Jess
on January 26, 2015
How wonderful to arrive at Elmet Farmhouse after a scenic drive the moors and step into warmth, welcome and a visual feast in this beautiful house. A perfect location for a December break.

Shane and Susan Rouse