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Elmet Farmhouse - Self-catering house in Yorkshire

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Pecket Well, HX7 8QY Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
England, United Kingdom

Lesley Jackson Visit website Check availability
+44 (0)7910 075952(mobile)

A big toasty 18th-century house near Hebden Bridge with Scandi-Modern furniture and ravishing hilltop views - like a Turner painting in 3D

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Nothing prepares you for the view as you climb the steep wooded hillside from Hebden Bridge and turn down the drive – the dramatic plunging valley of Hardcastle Crags with Heptonstall church on the horizon and the rolling Pennine hills is so delicious that Ted Hughes chose a photo of it for the cover of his book 'Remains of Elmet'. Your next reward is a handsome 18th-century farmhouse with stone mullion windows, decorated and 'curated' by design historian Lesley Jackson, who lives round the corner. Step into a big warm sitting room with a huge stone fireplace and wood-burning stove, a window seat with hand-printed curtains, cool Scandinavian furniture and cut-paper lamps, wallpapers and cushions by Hannah Nunn (visit her shop in hip Hebden Bridge – a hive of creativity). Find board games and bagatelle, devour homemade scones in the farmhouse kitchen, sleep peacefully in three comfy bedrooms. Everything feels authentic (it is!), from the vintage textiles to the lime green lino floors. Sit out in the pretty cottage garden, spot deer and pheasants in the hay meadows, hike over to Haworth, sally off to Saltaire, stride the Dales... Sublime.

Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from Lesley Jackson:

Local points of interest from
Lesley Jackson:

  • Proud finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire's 2016 White Rose Awards, Elmet Farmhouse is ideal for families. We offer toddler tackle, including a cot and high chair. Kids can play in the garden and field and there's a truly fabulous collection of vintage games
  • Hip and happening Hebden Bridge, renowned for its quirky independent shops and relaxed creative vibe, was crowned champion of the 2016 Great British High Street competition.. Come and see its higgledy piggledy double-decker terraces clinging to the hills.
  • Set in a walker's paradise, the farmhouse has spectacular views across the dramatic plunging valley of Hardcastle Crags (National Trust) towards the ancient village of Heptonstall and the imposing monument of Stoodley Pike – all within easy hiking distance
  • Design buffs will be in their element at Elmet Farmhouse. Decorated and ‘curated’ by design writer Lesley Jackson, it’s furnished with gorgeous Scandi-Modern furniture, striking vintage textiles and lovely lamps and wallpapers by local designer Hannah Nunn
  • Local poet Ted Hughes and the remarkable Bronte sisters from nearby Haworth were all inspired by the extraordinary landscape in this area, with its steep wooded valleys, bluebell woods, rivers, waterfalls, hilltop hay meadows and rolling heather moors.
  • An extraordinary corner of Yorkshire, full of cultural riches, including the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saltaire, the award-winning Hepworth museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the spa towns of Ilkley and Harrogate, the Victorian splendours of Leeds
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Guest feedback
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"This is a very special house in an outstanding location. The owners, Lesley and Ian, have lavished great care on restoration of the building and every detail of the attractive and interesting 20th century design interiors; beautiful textile wall hangings, interesting ceramics and glass, even vintage board games! Whats really special though is their passion for the area and commitment to ensuring guests get the most out of their visit with an amazing amount of knowledgeable and helpful information and interesting books in the house. No ordinary holiday cottage. Highly recommended."

Melanie - Dorchester, United Kingdom

April 2017
"An excellent place to stay. Well equipped, tastefully decorated, comfortable beds. Additionally, freshly home made scones and jam awaited us on our arrival. A kind gesture which we really appreciated after arriving late on a Friday evening after a long drive from London. Additionally, the house has every information you could ever want on the local area which has been well documented in files. This makes it easy to take a plastic sleeve for the walk you need with you and return it to the file later. Literally, the owner has thought of everything and compiled the information efficiently."

Carol - London, United Kingdom

January 2017
"Elmet is 'sublime' indeed. A truly beautiful place in a stunning location. Excellent well-stocked facilities, clean and warm; Lesley is always available to respond to any demands and she provides the warmest of greetings with some welcome refreshments on arrival. Also the range and depth of information for the visitor is exemplary. Maps and guidebooks and painstakingly detailed and invaluable tips full of local knowledge and, as a substantial bonus, Lesley provides access to fascinating information on the wonderful interior design including her own publications on the subject."

Tim - London, United Kingdom

January 2017
"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

November 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, United Kingdom

November 2016
"We stayed for 2 weeks and would have loved to stay longer. It lived up to everything on the website and Lesley was a very friendly and attentive host. The house was warm and comfortable and we loved the views, the village with its strong independent community, the history and the walks along the canal and out into moorland. Perhaps the strongest recommendation came from our Australian friend who stayed with us for a weekend at Elmet. After visiting several European capitals, London and the Scottish Highlands, he considered his Elmet experience the highlight of his trip. We can't wait to return"

Keith - Melbourne, Australia

October 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, United Kingdom

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."


June 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, United Kingdom

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, United Kingdom

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! We'll certainly be coming back next year; much more to explore in this wonderful area, and it's a great house to come back to after a day's walking. "

Marie - New Mills, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

April 2016
"What a memorable stay we had at Elmet. To return after a cold winters day exploring this stunning area to the warmth and comfort of this beautiful farmhouse was wonderful, the decor is stunning. We were welcomed with fresh mince pies and tea, the hospitality of Leslie was so welcoming, there was even a Christmas tree with a pressie under it for us! We stayed 4 nights and really did not want to leave, our teenage girls fell in love with Elmet and the beautiful West Yorkshire. We all will be back. Thank you Leslie."

Jane - Canberra, Australia

December 2015
"A lovely house with postcard-worthy views. We greatly enjoyed our all-too-brief 3 night stay at Elmet Farmhouse and it was the perfect location for our family get together. The owner, Lesley, was incredibly welcoming even baked us fresh scones for our arrival. The house is very well-appointed and would make the perfect base for a longer stay. We hope to return..."

Julie - Melbourne, , Australia

October 2015
"This was our first visit to Yorkshire with its picturesque countryside footpaths and historic pack horse trails and the quaint town of Hebden Bridge teeming with unique and independent shops and pubs. excursions. This beautifully renovated historic farmhouse is a destination in its own right with striking views through restored windows with stone mullions, combined interestingly with authentic mid-century décor. Plenty of room with three bedrooms and loads of amenities including a super well-equipped kitchen, spacious baths, laundry, and private garden overlooking the breathtaking valley. And "
April 2015
"We work in design and are fussy visitors but Elmet was well worth our family visit. We needed a large comfortable house for a family meet with ages ranging from 82 to 20 years. We all gave it the thumbs up."
February 2015
"A fantastic experience in a lovingly restored farmhouse with incredible views of the Heptonstall, the Calder Valley and Stoodley Pike. The house is warm and cosy with spacious rooms and modern facilities. We enjoyed scenic walks at Hardcastle Crags and Cragg Vale, and fascinating visits to Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall and Hawoth. The local pubs are warm, friendly and very hospitable. I will definitely book again and next time bring my bicycle to cycle along the path of last year's Tour de France!"
December 2014
"Arriving on a blustery December afternoon we stepped into skillfully styled interiors, warmth and welcome. How beautiful to draw back the curtains to the amazing views and changing light over the moors the following morning. This is a lovely home to visit at any time of year with Hebden Bridge a delightful place to browse. How refreshing to find on our departure that we were taking away inspirational ideas from the interior design."
December 2014

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  • 1 House for 6
Price:(i) £460 to£980 per week

Short breaks from £400-£850. Extra bed/sofabed available £100 per person per week.

Special Offer: LATE SPRING OFFERS & SUMMER HOLIDAY SLOTS AT ELMET - 5% OFF FOR COUPLES 6-30 June 7 nights £712, 4 nights £666, 3 nights £618. DON'T MISS OUR LAST SUMMER HOLIDAY SLOTS: 14–23 July, 27 July–4 Aug, 25 Aug–1 Sept 7 nights £980, 4 nights £900, 3 nights £850

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Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.




Pecket Well, HX7 8QY Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Self-catering Elmet Farmhouse (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double, 2 twins; 2 bathrooms
Price: (i) £ 460 to £ 980 per week
Lesley Jackson Visit website Check availability
+44 (0)7910 075952(mobile)