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…”
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 (www.hannahnunn.co.uk). 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.’
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.’