Elmet Interiors

Elmet – an 18th century farmhouse with 21st century facilities

‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’  (William Morris, designer, writer and socialist, 1834-1896)

Elmet Farmhouse is a really special place. ‘Perfect in every way’ is how our guests describe it. The views are breathtaking and the interiors are also stunning and will take your breath away. In fact, there’s such a lovely atmosphere inside the farmhouse that visitors tell us they can’t bear to leave!

The farmhouse was built in the early 18th century and has been lovingly restored so that original features such as carved stone fireplaces and stone mullion windows can be appreciated in all their simple beauty. The interiors have been decorated and ‘curated’ by design historian Lesley Jackson, drawing on her passion for furniture and furnishings and her love of colour and pattern to create a series of enchanting rooms full of design delights. Exquisite lamps, wallpapers and cushions by local designer Hannah Nunn are a special feature of the farmhouse. It’s also a treasure trove for vintage design addicts with Scandinavian Modern furniture, striking textile hangings and some choice post-war ceramics and glass.

These photos give you a glimpse of what you can expect at Elmet, but nothing quite prepares you for the sheer pleasure of experiencing the real thing. 

‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed restoring and decorating Elmet Farmhouse. It’s a handsome 18th century building with wonderful features and a lovely atmosphere. The furnishings I’ve chosen complement the colour of the stone and the simple purity of the house.’ (Lesley Jackson, writer, curator and design historian)


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  • Large elegant comfortable living room with panoramic views
  • Original 18th century features, including stone mullion windows and huge carved fireplace with wood-burning stove
  • Window seat with breathtaking views across Hardcastle Crags towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
  • Decorated in Farrow and Ball Sudbury Yellow, with dove grey satinwood woodwork
  • Exquisite cut-paper lamps by local designer Hannah Nunn decorated with flowers and grasses
  • Curtains made from stunning 1960s Edinburgh Weavers screen-printed linen fabric
  • Stylish Scandinavian Modern furniture, including Danish stick-back sofa and Swedish teak sideboard
  • Comfy Ercol Windsor Contemporary armchair and Ib Kofod Larsen cabinet
  • Artworks include original 1950s screen-printed textile hanging and textile design
  • Choice vintage glassware by Kosta, Dartington, Mdina and Stuart
  • Natural wool carpet, wool rug and hand-woven wool cushions
  • Television with built-in DVD player and roku, hifi with radio, CD player and retro cassette player
  • Bagatelle and a treasure trove of classic vintage games
  • A well-stocked library, including poetry by Ted Hughes, novels by the Brontë sisters, photographs by Fay Godwin and Martin Parr  and extensive local history publications, and Lesley Jackson’s books on furniture, textiles and post-war design

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‘For us, Elmet Farmhouse and its choice of furnishing and decoration was an absolute delight.’ (Ray Leigh, architect and furniture designer)


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  • Spacious well-equipped farmhouse kitchen with large dining table
  • Attractive birch cabinets and beech dresser with ample storage space
  • Extremely well-equipped kitchen with lovely vintage tableware and plenty of cutlery
  • An extensive range of pots, pans, knives  and kitchenwares – everything you could possibly need
  • Windsor armchair and handsome oak dining table which will seat 8 people
  • Eye-catching bicycle-patterned wallpaper and fabulous teatowel hangings
  • Vibrant green linoleum flooring and Farrow and Ball sage green walls
  • Stone mullion windows with colourful glass vases and hand-painted ceramics on deep window ledges
  • Gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, large fridge freezer, microwave and toasters
  • Washing machine, iron and ironing board in adjacent utility room, drying rack in attic

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‘The house is gorgeous, beautifully restored and full of lovely things. (Amanda Culpin, interior designer)

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  • Three light airy bedrooms with beautiful bedding and lamps
  • Attractive Danish beech furniture,  Ercol chairs and 19th century rocking chair
  • Comfortable Arts and Crafts style beds with warm duvets and lovely bedding
  • Pretty floral lamps by Hannah Nunn on bedside tables and dotted around each room
  • Master bedroom (above) with kingsize bed and stunning floor-to-ceiling Hannah Nunn wallpaper frieze
  • 18th century stone fireplace and beautiful stone mullion window with window seat overlooking fields
  • Hand screen-printed chintz curtains by Hull Traders and 1950s textile hanging by David Whitehead
  • Back bedroom (below left) with twin beds, bicycle-patterned wallpaper and abstract-patterned vintage textiles
  • Imposing stone mullion windows overlooking barn, with glazed vases on deep window ledges
  • Twin bedroom in airy attic (below right) with velux windows, tongue and groove panelling and lovely old beams
  • Eye-catching 1950s Tibor textile hanging complements striking patterned duvet covers
  • Quirky furniture includes wooden clothes hanging ladder and upcycled chest of drawers
  • Groovy retro pendant light, pretty fairy lanterns hanging and Hannah Nunn lamps

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  • Two spacious bathrooms with inspiring textiles and wallpapers
  • Crisp white walls, plain white tiles and zingy green lino floors
  • First floor bathroom has toilet, wash basin and enamelled steel bath with shower
  • Attic bathroom has toilet, wash basin and large walk-in shower with sliding door
  • Pretty Hannah Nunn wallpaper alcove in attic with coordinated blue Ercol chair
  • Vintage textile hangings by Sanderson and and Tibor make bathing a delight

‘We have loved every minute of our stay here . The views from the house are breathtakingly beautiful and very evocative. The farmhouse itself, with its understated beauty and elegance, provided us with all the comforts we needed for our stay.’ (Kirstie and Robert, September 2015)


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  • An extremely comfortable house with lots of character and all mod cons
  • Warm, well insulated, double-glazed and completely draught-free
  • Practical cork-based linoleum flooring in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Cushioned natural wool carpets with thick underlay in living room and bedrooms
  • Eco combi-boiler supplies unlimited hot water and super-efficient central heating
  • Free wi-fi and good mobile reception

‘I work in the design world and knew Lesley’s work as a design writer and curator. I was not surprised when I saw her attention to detail in the refurbishment of the farmhouse.’  (Professor Catherine McDermott, design historian and lecturer)


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‘Looks amazing – hugely tasteful and pleasing inside and out.’ (Mark Hill, Author, TV Presenter, Antiques and Collecting Specialist)

Everyone loves Elmet – to find out more, click here

For a Room by Room Tour, click here

For images of Elmet’s vintage design treasures, click here

For more information about Hannah Nunn’s lamps and furnishings, click here



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