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Elmet Farmhouse

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Big toasty Yorkshire Dales farmhouse with breathtaking views and vintage midcentury styling above hip Hebden Bridge, near Haworth. Sleeps 2-6.

 

If you're looking for a unique cottage in a spectacular location, you'll adore Elmet Farmhouse, a gorgeous 18th-century Yorkshire farmhouse with breathtaking hilltop views and inspiring interiors near the funky market town of Hebden Bridge. Perched on the Pennines above the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags in the village of Pecket Well near Haworth and the Yorkshire Dales, this is the landscape that inspired the Brontes and local poet Ted Hughes. It's also Gentleman Jack Country, as featured in the hit TV series about the 19th-century diarist Anne Lister who lived at Shibden Hall in nearby Halifax.

Surrounded by stunning countryside with wonderful walks in every direction through bluebell woods, hay meadows and heather moors,  the ever-changing panorama at Elmet Farmhouse is like a Turner painting in 3D. So hilly it makes your ears pop, the setting is extremely dramatic and has a real wow factor.

Decorated and 'curated' by design writer Lesley Jackson, Elmet Farmhouse is wonderfully quirky and full of character, combining stone mullion windows and carved stone fireplaces with stylish Scandi-Modern furniture, striking wallpapers and vintage mid-century textiles. Beautiful cut-paper lamps and furnishings by star local designer Hannah Nunn make the interiors extra-special. Finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards, Elmet Farmhouse is equally inspiring inside and out. Every room is a delight from the spacious lounge with its cosy woodburning stove, window seat and sideboard full of vintage games, to the roomy farmhouse kitchen with its big oak table, bicycle wallpaper and hanging lanterns. Upstairs are three lovely bedrooms and two airy bathrooms, all decked out with fabulous textiles, wallpapers and works of art.

Elmet sleeps 6 very comfortably, so it's great for families and gatherings of friends, but it's also cosy for couples and smaller groups. A truly memorable place to stay, it appeals to guests of all ages and is perfect for birthday treats, special occasions, weekend breaks and romantic retreats. Inspirational for art-lovers and nature-lovers alike, Elmet Farmhouse is a firm favourite with artists, designers and photographers, as well as walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers. 

Encircled by meadows, Elmet Farmhouse has a pretty cottage garden brimming with flowers where guests can dine out and drink in the dreamy views. The wildlife is amazing, with deer, pheasants and barn owls in the fields, woodpeckers and herons in the woods, lapwings and curlews on the moors. The wooded gorge of Hardcastle Crags - one of the jewels in the National Trust's crown - is literally on the doorstep, along with the beautifully hidden dale of Crimsworth Dean.  After your walk, relax with a pint at the Robin Hood Inn, our village pub, just 5 minutes walk away.

Hip and happening Hebden Bridge, renowned for its quirky independent shops, thriving markets and double-decker terraces clinging to hills, is a splendid little town with a buzzing creative vibe. Stroll along the canal towpath and admire the colourful barges, watch a film at the 1920s Picture House, chill out in the friendly pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Hike up to Stoodley Pike, the huge obelisk visible on the horizon, or climb up the Buttress from Hebden Bridge to the ancient village of Heptonstall on the opposite hill. With its ruined 13th-century chapel and steep cobbled main street lined with handloom weavers' cottages, Heptonstall is highly evocative. Imbibe the spirit of Ted Hughes, who wrote so powerfully about this place in his book Remains of Elmet, and visit the grave of his wife, the American poet Sylvia Plath, who is buried in Heptonstall churchyard.

Bronte fans will be in their element at Elmet Farmhouse, which is less than 7 miles from the historic village of Haworth in the heart of Bronte Country. Hike over to Haworth on the Pennine Way via Top Withens (said to the inspiration for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights). Immerse yourself in the life of the remarkable Bronte sisters at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, where their literary masterpieces were written, including Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park is also within easy reach, including Bolton Abbey and Wharfedale, spectacular limestone features such as Malham Cove and Gordale Scar and the pretty Dales villages of Linton and Grassington. Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale, another geological marvel, is an exciting place for kids.

This part of Yorkshire has a rich and fascinating history relating to the textile industry. Architectural treasures include the extraordinary model village of Saltaire - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of magnificent Salt's Mill. Also not to be missed is Shibden Hall in Halifax, home of Gentleman Jack (Anne Lister), and the newly-restored Piece Hall in Halifax, a Grade I Listed 18th-century cloth market resembling an Italian piazza, housing shops, galleries and cafes, featured twice in 2019 on the Antiques Roadshow. Just across the road is Eureka! - The National Children's Museum, a firm favourite with young kids. Culture vultures are in for a treat at the Hepworth Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, two award-winning museums showcasing the works of sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, who were both inspired by the Yorkshire landscape. 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 – all make for rewarding days out.

Weekly changeovers at Elmet Farmhouse are normally from Friday or Monday. Prices are seasonal and vary from £480 to £980 per week. Short breaks are available all year, minimum stay 2-3 nights, flexible dates. Sorry, no pets.

Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

Leeds-Bradford