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Elmet Farmhouse

Elmet Farmhouse with stone mullion windows
Vintage design heaven in a historic Hebden Bridge farmhouse with groovy interiors & inspiring views near Haworth & Yorkshire Dales

Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire, England

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17 - 25 February: 8 nights for only £700

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25 February - 9 March: 3 nights for only £418

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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 sleeps 6 very comfortably, so it's great for families, walkers and groups of friends, but it's also cosy for couples and perfect for birthday treats, special occasions and romantic retreats.

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 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 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 has 3 lovely bedrooms, each furnished in a unique style with stunning vintage textiles. The whole house is inspiring and every room is a delight. The large lounge has a woodburning stove, a long window seat and a sideboard full of fabulous vintage games. The roomy farmhouse kitchen has a big oak table and colourful vintage crockery.

Encircled by hay meadows, Elmet Farmhouse has a beautiful cottage garden where guests can sit out and admire 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, owls and woodpeckers in the fields and woods and lapwings, curlews and golden plovers up on the hills. The steep-sided valley 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. Hike up to Stoodley Pike, a huge obelisk on the hill above the Calder Valley, or walk along the towpath of the Rochdale Canal.

Shop til you drop in the hip and happening Hebden Bridge, renowned for its quirky double-decker terraces clinging to hills, its independent boutiques and cafes and its markets. Have a pint of ale and a hearty meal at the Robin Hood Inn, our local hostelry in Pecket Well. Explore the evocative hilltop village of Heptonstall with its ruined 13th-century chapel and steep cobbled main street lined with handloom weavers' cottages. Here you can imbibe the creative spirit of Ted Hughes, whose family lived in Heptonstall and visit the grave of his first wife, the American poet Sylvia Plath.

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 beautiful Bronte Country. Hike over to Haworth via Top Withins (the inspiration for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights). Immerse yourself in the life and work of the remarkable Bronte sisters at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, where all their classic novels, including Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, were written.

As well as the dramatic countryside on the doorstep, the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park is close by, with geological marvels such as Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and beauty spots such as Bolton Abbey and Wharfedale.

The local area is rich in architectural gems relating to the textile industry, such as the Piece Hall, a Grade I Listed 18th-century cloth market in Halifax resembling an Italian piazza. Also not to be missed is the extraordinary village of Saltaire - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of magnificent Salt's Mill.

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. Kids will love Eureka - The National Children's Museum in Halifax. 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 changeovers are normally from Friday or Monday. Prices are seasonal and vary from £460 to £980 per week. Short breaks are available all year round: minimum stay September to February: 2 nights at weekends, 3 nights midweek; minimum stay March to August: 3 nights

Please check the calendar and click on the Booking Enquiry link above to get in touch. Sorry, no dogs or pets.

Room Types:

  • Double
  • Accommodation for 5+
  • Twin


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Leeds-Bradford


  • Car parking
  • Family friendly
Inspiring view from Elmet Farmhouse
Hannah Nunn wallpaper & Ercol chair
Woodburner with free logs!
Curl up by the cosy woodburner
roe deer in our hay meadow
dine out next to the historic barn
garden brimming with flowers
guest bedroom at Elmet
twin room
unusual wallpaper makes interesting rooms
changing outlook
Elmet Farmhouse in Spring
Historic 18th century Elmet Farmhouse
large fireplace
vintage textiles
interesting interiors
double bedroom
the kitchen

More rave reviews for Elmet Farmhouse
by Elmet
on January 1, 2018
‘Christmas 2017. We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful place. So many gorgeous parts to the farmhouse, felt like a real treat – somewhere truly special. The kindness and hospitality was first class. We couldn’t have had a better Christmas. Even the weather obliged, giving us plenty of sunshine, but also some scenic dustings of snow. Great part of the world and a holiday to cherish. (Judith, Oliver, Joe and Rudy, London, December 2017)

‘Thank you so much for your incredible hospitality and attention to detail all over this beautiful home. The cottage has been absolutely wonderful to stay in this weekend, perfectly finished off by the snowfall. I appreciate the effort you went to for us to feel welcome, happy and content during our stay at Elmet. We all especially loved the home-baked scones and jam pleasantly awaiting us on arrival. This is a special place. Would definitely stay again and will recommend to others.’ (Natalie, Dez, Anisa, Aneesa, Chaiten and Nigel, December 2017)

‘Lesley is an amazing host and the level of detail and thought she has put into this cottage for her guests is nothing short of amazing. I stayed here with 5 friends over the festive season. Upon entering the cottage, we found freshly baked scones and home-made jam. From this point I knew that this lady really cared about her guests and she went the extra mile for us… We toured the house and sure enough, it was full of personal touches. We couldn’t have asked for more. The whole house was immaculately clean (better than a 5* hotel) and the interior was very tasteful with beautiful furniture. The bedrooms were huge with stunning views. We were treated to a lovely sight of two pheasants sitting in the tree outside the living room window. The house was very warm and cosy with an easy-to-use heating system and fast WiFi. This cottage has literally everything you need… There was even a yoga mat in the cupboard. The kitchen is huge and was big enough to host dinner for 6 people. Stunning country residence – one of the nicest places I have stayed.’ (Dez, Manchester, December 2017)
Recent guest feedback
by Elmet
on December 6, 2017
‘Very many thanks for a lovely weekend in a gorgeous cottage. We felt completely welcome and at home, and suitably relaxed and energised by the end of the weekend. Wonderful!’ (Andrea, Phil, Lola, Joe and Billie, Swindon, November 2017)

‘The best holiday home I’ve ever stayed in and in such a beautiful place. Outdoors scenery is stunning, as is indoor decor and furnishing – such a treat for the eyes! Our souls are rested! Can’t wait to go again!’ (Deb, Buckfastleigh, Devon, November 2017)

‘Lovely house in a lovely setting. So much thought has gone into everything. And the sun shone! I certainly saw Yorkshire in a new light.‘ (Emma, Cucklington, Somerset, November 2017)

‘We have had the best possible time at wonderful Elmet Farmhouse – walks, food, laughs galore, friendship, visitors, birthday celebrations. Stunning landscapes. Really a fantastic place to escape to.’ (Diana, South Brent, Devon, November 2017)
Autumn feedback from our latest guests
by Elmet
on November 7, 2017
‘Perfection – you have surpassed yourself. Landlady of the Year! And we’ve discovered a corner of England we didn’t know, so Brontëholics are we. Thank you for everything!’ (Richard and Sally, Somerset, October 2017)

‘Very pleasant stay at Elmet. Enjoyed the beautiful and practical cottage. We also had a great time exploring the beautiful countryside around us and appreciated all the good advice. Thank you so much for your warm welcome!’ (Charlotte, Thomas, Hippolyte, Gaspard and Iris, London, October 2017)

‘What wonderful views with complete comfort and every detail considered and provided. It has been the perfect place for our Yorkshire family get together. Thank you so much.’ (Janet, Margaret and James, Dorset, October 2017)
More feedback from our happy guests
by Elmet
on September 25, 2017
‘We loved our stay at the Elmet House! What a special and beautiful place! Thank you so much for your attentiveness and hospitality. We will definitely recommend it to everyone we know!’ (Lauren, Matthew and their three girls, Texas, US, September 2017)

‘Lovely house with every detail taken into consideration. We had scones and jam waiting for us on arrival – they were delicious. The design of the house was charming with lovely wallpaper. Really relaxed with beautiful surroundings. So hilly it makes your ears pop!!’ (Abi, Gemma, Holly, Theo, Emma, Felix and Celeste, London, September 2017)
Latest review from our satisfied guests
by Elmet
on September 3, 2017
‘We spent a fantastic long weekend at Elmet with friends. The scenery was breathtaking and we had a wonderful meal outside overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. Thank you for your hospitality and helpful advice on the walking routes. We loved staying here!‘ (Conor, Cazius, Lucille, Russell, Alan and Andy, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, August 2017)
Latest Guest Reviews - August 2017
by Elmet
on August 25, 2017
'We have spent a very special week here with family and friends in your wonderfully curated, amazingly well-equipped and extremely comfortable house. The house has framed our holiday and we have followed the excellent guidance and information... We have become immersed! We would particularly highlight a walk we did from the from local walks folder: Hardcastle Crags: Blake Dean - Gibson Mill Loop (mill, mill pond, moor, mossy rocks, ferns and waterfalls). Thank you - your house and welcome have been an absolute pleasure.' (Emma, Douglas, Mia, Tom, Em, Sue and Solveig, Lewes, East Sussex, August 2017)

'We have had a wonderful week at Elmet. It's such as beautiful part of the world, and the house was lovely to return to at the end of each day. Even with six adults, there was plenty of room. The house had everything we needed - I particularly enjoyed browsing through the books on history and artists from the area. So glad we found this place.' (Jane, Bill and Bella, Sydney, Australia, August 2017)
Latest reviews from our summer guests
by Elmet
on August 11, 2017
'We had a fantastic time here. The house is so comfortable and lovely. We went on several beautiful walks - thank you for your superb instructions! We visited Hebden, Heptonstall amd Ilkley, which are all great towns - very pretty indeed. All highly recommended.' (Claire and James, Oxford, August 2017)

'These are a few of our favourite things... Blue skies... Walking to Gibson Mill [Hardcastle Crags]... Steak pie at the Waggon & Horses [Oxenhope]... Windswept Stoodley Pike... The Hepworth at Wakefield... Lumb Falls... The cow on the brow... Board games with the family.' (Sue, Andy, Archie and Johnnie, Cambridgeshire, August 2017)

'Wow! Fantastic house, location and local pub! Love your house, design and colour schemes. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing and making our week the best.' (Audrey and family, Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, July 2017)

'Thank you so much for all your hospitality, from the welcome scones to Elmet's beautifully designed spaces, the delightful garden, your home-grown rhubarb and all your helpful advice about walks and places to visit.We very much hope to return.' (Susannah, London, July 2017)

'The landscape, architecture and artists are such an inspiration - the moors and meadows and crags and walls, the light and those who expressed the spirit of the place - David Hockney, the Brontës, Ted Hughes - and your lovely and hospitable Elmet. Thank you.' (Pat, Philadelphia, US, July 2017)

'I've never been in a holiday cottage so beautifully put together. Yorkshire has been magnificent both in landscape and culture.' (Jane, US, July 2017)

'A very enjoyable week in an exquisite home. I very much hope to be back for more walks, beautiful views and swallow-watching.' (Irene, Manchester, July 2017)

'We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautifully appointed farmhouse. We had a very relaxing stay with walks around the countryside and superb weather. Not enough time to explore all that the area has to offer. A real gem of a find!' (Helen and Jim, Albany, Australia; Abbey and Alistair, London, June 2017)
More feedback from our happy guests
by Elmet
on June 8, 2017
'Had a lovely time here. A great farmhouse equipped with everything you need. The weather was nice so that we could appreciate the lovely views. The large kitchen enabled six people to sit comfortably together for our meals. Very nice living room and bedrooms. Had a lot of fun playing Bagatelle.' (Keith, Kevin, Tanya, Marco, Martina and Steffi, Hohenlimburg, Germany, June 2017)

‘Thank you for our stay in Elmet. The cottage was immaculate and beautiful and cosy. We’ve had lovely weather so we’ve seen the area in awesome late spring conditions. (Lorna, Derek, Tim and Rob, Cheshire, Gloucestershire and Atlanta, Georgia, May 2017)

‘Thank you for a wonderful stay in Elmet Farmhouse. The welcome was fabulous with fresh home-made scones and beautiful cut flowers fresh from your lovely garden. The cottage has everything: fabulous interior decor; wonderful views; brilliant walks straight from the door. Great location for discovering Hebden Bridge, Haworth, Ted Hughes country; and everything you could need for a lovely stay. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the garden in the evening watching the birds and looking out for the deer. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and for giving us such useful information on the local area. We will definitely be back!’ (Wendy, Simon, Becky, Jake and Ethan, London, May 2017)
Latest feedback from our recent guests
by Elmet
on May 16, 2017
'Hardcastle family enjoyed this beautiful house as a base for completing the Hardcastle 24 race [at Hardcastle Crags]. The house is so large and yet still cosy. It had everything we needed and much more. An excellent stay.' Gemma, Olive, Kathy, Gavin, Yvonne and Brian, May 2017

'A huge thank you for making our stay at Elmet Farmhouse so comfortable. We had a fine stay, catching up with family and friends and acquainting myself again with a house I knew so well as a child.' Anne, Oxford, May 2017
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