2016 White Rose Awards

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PRESS RELEASE: 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 (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.’


Elmet Farmhouse: www.elmetfarmhouse.co.uk

Twitter: @ElmetFarmhouse

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elmetfarmhouseyorkshireholidaycottage/

For more information and images, please contact Lesley Jackson:

Email: enquiries@elmetfarmhouse.co.uk   Tel. 01422 842026 / Mob. 07910 075952

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


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‘Local Farmhouse Shortlisted for 2016 White Rose Awards’, Hebweb (www.hebdenbridge.co.uk), 30 June 2016 – To read article, click here

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: www.hannahnunn.co.uk

© Lighting, wallpaper and textile designs copyright Hannah Nunn

© Text and images copyright Elmet Farmhouse

Hannah Nunn’s Paper Meadow

Midwinter Outdoors but Midsummer Inside


Hannah Nunn’s delicate Paper Meadow wallpaper has just been installed in the attic at Elmet. So although it may be midwinter outside, it’s perpetual summer indoors….


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This beautiful wallpaper complements Hannah’s cut paper lamps, which are dotted all over the house. The same grasses and flowers appear in both – and in the fields outside. The soft chalky Teal colourway works really well with the Ercol chair, painted in Farrow and Ball’s Berrington Blue….




The wallpaper was installed by expert wallpaper hangers Daru and Stuart, who have done sterling work over the last few months in Elmet Farmhouse. They had already papered three feature walls with a quirky bicycle-patterned wallpaper produced by Rasch, a nod to the 2014 Tour de France which came through the village of Pecket Well last July. Hannah’s wallpaper has a much bigger repeat though, and fitting it under the sloping attic ceiling was the duo’s biggest challenge to date. Daru and Stu were very complimentary about Paper Meadow: the high quality printing and paper are as classy as the design.




Come and enjoy Paper Meadow in the flesh at Elmet Farmhouse. Or order it online via Hannah Nunn’s website.

… Six months on and it’s now Midsummer. Read Hannah’s blog for 8 June 2015 about her visit to Elmet Farmhouse to photograph her wallpaper in situ.

Hannah Nunn Lights Up Elmet

Hannah Nunn Lights Up Elmet Farmhouse



Newly restored Elmet Farmhouse was already looking rather lovely but it’s now even more stunning following the arrival of a host of Hannah Nunn’s beautiful flowery lamps. Hannah lives and works in Hebden Bridge where she makes exquisite hand-crafted cut paper lamps. To find out more, visit Hannah’s website.


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Her work is sold through her inspirational shop Radiance – one of the highlights of Hebden Bridge – and shipped all around the world…

We’d admired Hannah’s work for many years so when we were putting the final touches to Elmet Farmhouse we invited her to visit. She responded with enthusiasm and before you could say ‘light bulb’ she was back with a box of treasures, which have now been installed all over the house.



Hannah takes her inspiration from the natural world, particularly skeletal flowers, seed heads and grasses.


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Each piece is a work of art but the one we’re particularly excited about is the large  Paper Meadow Floor Lamp, specially created for the long low Swedish teak sideboard in the living room. Most of Hannah’s designs focus on a single plant such as allium or cow parsley, but this piece overlays an array of imagery, bringing the garden and fields into the house.


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The soft ambient glow of Hannah’s lamps makes them particularly appropriate for bedrooms. Each bed in the farmhouse is now illuminated by its own beautiful bedside lamp.


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Other lamps sit on cupboards, bookcases and chests of drawers, casting their warm milky radiance onto walls… or throwing heavenly halos onto ceilings…


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In the front bedroom – the one with the alluring white window seat and chintz curtains – an allium lamp is reflected in a mirror, multiplying the effect.


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Hannah’s lamps have transformed the farmhouse. We’re thrilled to bits at what she’s done and full of admiration for her creativity and skill. We’re sure our guests will love them. Hannah has also designed a lovely range of wallpaper, some of which will be adorning the attic shower room at Elmet soon…


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It’s particularly appropriate that Hannah’s lamps have been installed in the run up to the festive season. Although they evoke the lush meadows of summertime, there is something lantern-like and Christmassy about them as well. But, like Elmet Farmhouse, Hannah’s lamps are not just for Christmas, they’re an all-year-round delight….


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We’d like to thank Hannah for her inspiring contribution to Elmet. To learn more about Hannah’s visits to the farmhouse, read Hannah’s Blog for 28 October and 11 November 2014. You can buy Hannah’s lamps online via her website or at Radiance at 26 Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

© Text and photos copyright Lesley Jackson