Elmet Farmhouse is a Grade II Listed 18th century building dating from c.1728. The original owner would have been a yeoman clothier, who earned his living partly from farming and partly from textiles. Woollen cloth, known as kersey, would have been hand-woven on looms in the farmhouse. Oats may have been grown in the surrounding fields and cattle and sheep would have been reared .
By 1841 the farmhouse was owned by a textile manufacturer called Mr Redman, who went on to develop nearby Pecket Well Mill. The main weaving shed was built in 1852. The farmhouse was divided and extended around this date and the adjacent barn was built in 1861. It remained a working dairy farm until after the Second World War, with pigs being kept in the barn and cattle in the meadows. By the 1990s, however, the buildings had fallen into disrepair.
In 2014 the farmhouse took on a new lease of life after being completely renovated. Great care was taken to preserve the original fabric of the building so that its architectural merits can now be appreciated again. The roof was repaired using reclaimed stone slates, for example, and the walls were re-pointed with traditional lime mortar. New hardwood frames were inserted in the stone mullion windows and other original features which came to light during the restoration, such as carved stone fireplaces and windows seats, have also been lovingly preserved.
Wherever possible existing materials were reused, adding to the building’s mellow charm. A handsome new hearth was created from a massive stone flag excavated from the dairy floor, for example, while the pretty cottage garden at the front of the farmhouse incorporates bricks, stones and tiles salvaged during the renovation. Here you can sit on a bench and soak up the sun, while admiring the spectacular view. Or curl up indoors on a window seat or in front of the wood-burning stove.
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