Alphabet Tea Towels

As easy as ABC…

Here at Elmet Farmhouse, we believe that ‘small things matter’, especially when it comes to interior design. So we’re pleased to announce the arrival of some rather special tea towels, which will make spending time in Elmet’s lovely kitchen even more pleasurable than it was before!

The Alphabet tea towels are designed by Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, a talented Glasgow-based textile artist and designer. The pattern is very calligraphic and features two alphabets, hand printed in positive and negative on each half of the cloth. 

The fabric is linen union – a mixture of cotton and linen – which means they feel nice as well as being good for drying up. They come in three striking colours – Raspberry, Cromer Yellow and Blue-Black – so they’re an all-round sensory delight.

Joanna specialises in printed fabrics and her work ranges from architectural commissions and one-off works for galleries to domestic table linens. We are honoured to be able to host her work at Elmet Farmhouse, alongside Hannah Nunn’s lamps, wallpapers and cushions.

Snow-capped Pennine Hills

Last week we had our first dusting of snow overnight up here at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge, but by the following day it had all disappeared. Yesterday we had our second dose, with blizzards for most of the day up on ‘the tops’. Today we’ve had alternating snow and rain, so it’s pretty slushy underfoot.

These photos show a snow-clad Elmet Farmhouse and wintry views of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike. Below are the steep wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean, with swathes of mist rising up from the trees.


© Text and photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Elmet hits the headlines – again!



Feature on Elmet Farmhouse, Hebden Bridge and Calderdale in the Manchester Evening News (Saturday 3 September 2016)


“The journey to our accommodation in Pecket Well, just up the hill from Hebden Bridge, is slow, in a good way that allows you to lap up the increasing amounts of green filling your windscreen and feel the stresses of city life slipping away.

We are the guests of Lesley Jackson, proud owner of Elmet Farmhouse, who offers up her truly stunning accommodation for the weekend. A converted farmhouse, it boasts breathtaking views across the valley towards Stoodley Pike…

 The interior of the property is remarkable. There is space for six people, spread across three large rooms with a massive, modern brightly coloured kitchen and a large cosy living room with wood-burner and an eclectic collection of furniture and ornaments. My wife spent half the time jotting down ideas to mimic in our own humble abode…

Wehave dinner at the homely robin Hood Inn, across the road. I enjoyed one of the best lamb casseroles I’ve ever had, while my wife loved her herb pudding with spinach, cherry tomato and mozzarella…”

To read the full article, please click here

Elmet Farmhouse shortlisted for 2016 White Rose Awards

Press Release

Elmet Farmhouse – Luxury Holiday Cottage, Hebden Bridge


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Elmet Farmhouse Shortlisted for 2016 White Rose Awards

Elmet Farmhouse – a unique holiday cottage perched on the hill at Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge – has been shortlisted for Welcome to Yorkshire’s prestigious 2016 White Rose Awards.

One of only 7 self-catering properties in Yorkshire to make it to the finals, Elmet Farmhouse – an 18th century farmhouse with bespoke interiors and spectacular views – beat strong opposition to make it onto the shortlist. Newly-restored, this handsome Grade II Listed yeoman clothier’s house, with its beautiful stone mullion windows and quirky décor, has been attracting glowing reviews since its launch as a luxury holiday cottage 18 months ago.

Design Historian Lesley Jackson, who oversaw the restoration, said: “I was bowled over to hear that Elmet Farmhouse has been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards. The farmhouse is furnished in a highly unusual way with a mixture of vintage furniture and fabrics, and wonderful lamps and wallpapers by Hebden’s very own Hannah Nunn ( Having stayed in many holiday cottages, I can honestly say that Elmet Farmhouse is a place like no other, inside and out! The view is simply breathtaking – like Turner in 3D – and features on the cover of Ted Hughes’s Remains of Elmet.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Once again the entries for this year’s White Rose Awards have been exceptional across all categories, so a huge congratulations to those who have made the shortlist. As the largest celebration of tourism in the UK, the White Rose Awards are a fitting tribute to Yorkshire’s fantastically diverse businesses that work tirelessly to help to make the county number one.”

Two other Hebden Bridge organisations have also been shortlisted for the Awards: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre. But Elmet Farmhouse is the only holiday cottage in Calderdale to make it to the finals in the self-catering section, a particularly hotly contested field given the wealth of competition in nearby Haworth and the Yorkshire Dales.

“The countryside around Hebden Bridge is truly spectacular and incredibly varied with its steep valleys, hilltop hay meadows and heather moors,’ said Lesley Jackson. ‘I’m a keen walker so I really enjoy introducing our guests to the wonderful scenery in this hidden corner of Yorkshire. Visitors love exploring Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall with their unusual buildings, rich industrial heritage and creative vibe – not to mention Hardcastle Crags. It’s a winning formula. Elmet Farmhouse taps into this – it’s an experience in itself.’


Elmet Farmhouse:

Twitter: @ElmetFarmhouse


For more information and images, please contact Lesley Jackson:

Email:   Tel. 01422 842026 / Mob. 07910 075952

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‘Local Farmhouse Shortlisted for 2016 White Rose Awards’, Hebweb (, 30 June 2016 – To read article, click here


‘Top Tourism Gongs up for Grabs’, Hebden Bridge Times, 7 July 2016

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Vintage Fabrics at Elmet

If you love vintage fabrics, you’ll love Elmet



Elmet Farmhouse is full of surprises. That’s why our guests enjoy it so much, because every room contains unexpected design delights. Wherever you go, there are inspiring things to look at, not just in the living room but the bedrooms and bathrooms as well. 


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An intriguing mixture of ancient and modern, the interiors blend original 18th century features with choice vintage and contemporary design. A holiday cottage like no other, Elmet Farmhouse is wonderfully quirky and totally unique.


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One of the most popular features are the striking vintage fabrics used throughout the farmhouse for curtains, cushions and textile hangings. Specially chosen by design historian Lesley Jackson, who decorated and ‘curated’ the interiors, they date from the 1950s and 60s, an extremely rich period for textile design.


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Highlights include the magnificent Edinburgh Weavers curtains and cushions in the living room, screen-printed  with an arresting large-scale design called Kalabu, dating from the late 1960s. The heavy linen cloth was woven at Edinburgh Weavers’ mill in Carlisle and the fabric was printed in Lancaster by their sister company, Standfast Dyers and Printers, who are still going strong today.


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Hanging on the wall in the lounge is a delightful stylised leaf-patterned fabric by Joan Charnley, a local designer who studied at Manchester School of Art and designed for Edinburgh Weavers. Hand screen-printed on rayon by the designer herself, it reflects the early post-war ‘Contemporary’ design aesthetic associated with Lucienne Day.


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Upstairs in the front bedroom are some beautiful chintz curtains hand screen-printed by Hull Traders, an outstanding local company based less than 20 miles away at Trawden, near Colne. The pattern is called Rose Branch and was designed by Guy Irwin in 1958.


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The deer and leaf-patterned printed fabric hanging on the wall in the front bedroom is by David Whitehead, another important Lancashire firm based not far away at Rawtenstall. Designed by Cawthra Mulock in 1955,  it epitomises the vibrant colours and dynamic graphic style of the post-war era.


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Elmet Farmhouse features two impressive ‘Textureprints’  by Hungarian-born textile designer Tibor Reich in the mid 1950s for his company Tibor Fabrics. A long length of Coral, a striking black and grey design with overlapping organic motifs, hangs in the attic stairwell. Tibor Reich is currently featured in an exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester until August 2016.


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Many of the textile designers and manufacturers displayed in Elmet Farmhouse are featured in Lesley’s books on post-war textiles and design. You can peruse these publications in Elmet’s library and some are also available to buy.


20th Century Pattern Design: Textile and Wallpaper Pioneers by Lesley Jackson (Mitchell Beazley)

Alastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers: Visionary Textiles and Modern Art by Lesley Jackson (V&A Publishing)

Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980 by Lesley Jackson (Antique Collectors’ Club)

Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design by Lesley Jackson (Mitchell Beazley)



© Text and images copyright Elmet Farmhouse

New Designs from Hannah Nunn

Hannah Nunn’s lamps and furnishings at Elmet Farmhouse


One of the pleasures of staying at Elmet Farmhouse is being able to enjoy the wonderful lamps, wallpapers and cushions by local designer Hannah Nunn.

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Hannah is a celebrated lighting and wallpaper designer whose work has been featured in Country Living. Her exquisite cut-paper table lamps, decorated with delicate silhouettes of flowers and grasses, are dotted all over Elmet Farmhouse. So whether you’re relaxing downstairs by the fire in the evening or retiring to your cosy bedroom at night, you’ll be able to bask in the soft glow of these beautiful lamps.

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Hannah’s designs are inspired by the natural world – feathery grasses, cow parsley, dandelion clocks and spherical alliums – flowers you can see in the fields and cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse. It’s the structure of these plants that Hannah particularly admires, imaginatively captured in her finely-cut linear patterns.

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Hannah’s beautiful textiles and wallpapers are printed in subtle colours with similar designs. These furnishings also adorn Elmet Farmhouse, adding to the charm of this characterful old house. Nestling under the eaves in the attic is her Paper Meadow wallpaper, complemented by an Ercol chair painted in the same teal blue…

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…A spectacular floor to ceiling wallpaper frieze – In the Tall Grass – sprouts up behind the double bed in the master bedroom, bringing the lush midsummer meadow into the heart of the house…

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…Curl up on the 18th century window seat with Hannah’s Paper Meadow cushions. Then look out of the stone mullion windows at the grasses and wildflowers, the inspiration for her designs…

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Hannah Nunn’s creativity makes Elmet Farmhouse extra special. A harmonious combination of ancient and modern – totally unique.

Read about Hannah’s visits to Elmet Farmhouse in her fascinating blog

Buy Hannah’s lighting, wallpapers and textiles by mail order online:

© Lighting, wallpaper and textile designs copyright Hannah Nunn

© Text and images copyright Elmet Farmhouse

Elmet Farmhouse featured in Yorkshire Post

We’re thrilled to announce that Elmet Farmhouse has been featured in the Yorkshire Post. The 4-page article called ‘Wish you were here?’ was published in the Homes & Garden section of the magazine on Saturday 10 January 2015. To read the article, please click here.

Described by Sharon Dale as ‘the perfect holiday let for design and literary enthusiasts’, Elmet Farmhouse is praised for its extraordinary views and its highly distinctive interiors. The article highlights the links with Ted Hughes’s book Remains of Elmet, which features an iconic photograph of Heptonstall by Fay Godwin on its cover. Described as the ‘view that made Ted Hughes wax lyrical’, the photograph is identical to the view from Elmet Farmhouse so it must have been taken from very nearby.

As Sharon points out, Elmet is not your typical holiday cottage as the interiors include choice pieces of Scandinavian Modern furniture and stylish contemporary design: ‘It is a surprise, as it’s so far removed from the country style decor you’d expect to find in an 18th century farmhouse. Instead, it is full of mid-century modern finds, both decorative and practical… These are the finishing touches that helped bring the house back to life.’