Mid-Century Modern Design

MidCentury Design Delights at Elmet Farmhouse

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 in the kitchen, 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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Mid-Century Modern Textiles

One of the most popular features at Elmet 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, the fabrics 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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Tibor Mexico 1

Elmet Farmhouse features two impressive ‘Textureprints’  by Hungarian-born textile designer Tibor Reich, produced in the mid 1950s for his company Tibor. A long length of Coral, a striking black and grey design with overlapping organic motifs, hangs in the attic stairwell.                                                                                                                           

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Some of these textiles are available to buy through our Etsy shop: MidcenturyFabrics. To visit the shop and see the current catalogue, click here                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mid-Century Modern Furniture                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Elmet Farmhouse also contains a fine collection of MidCentury Modern furniture. Ercol – one of the leading British furniture manufacturers of the post-war period – features prominently. There’s a comfortable armchair from Ercol’s Windsor Contemporary range next to the fireplace in the living room. An Ercol classic dating from 1953, the 203 Bergere Easy Chair was specially re-upholstered at the Ercol factory in Buckinghamshire, which is still going strong today.                                                                                                                                                                                                

Upstairs in the bedrooms and bathrooms are two more Ercol icons, the 369 Goldsmith’s Dining Chair and the 400 Chair, dating from 1957-58. Made from a combination of beech and elm, both have the familiar Ercol stick backs, inspired by traditional Windsor chairs. The 400 Chair, a descendant of Ercol’s legendary 4A Chair developed for the Utility furniture scheme during the Second World War, features Ercol’s trademark steam-bent bow frame.                                                                                                                                                                              

Elmet Farmhouse also contains some choice pieces of Scandinavian Modern furniture in warm-coloured natural wood. The beech-framed stick-back Kadett Sofa in the living room is by O&M Design for the Danish firm Skippers Mobler. This piece dates from the 1990s but was inspired by Borge Mogensen’s Spokeback Sofa, conceived in 1945.                                                                                                                                                                                        

The stylish Arild Sideboard was designed by Nils Jonsson for the Swedish firm Troeds in 1961. Made of teak, the sleek form of this long low credenza displays the clean lines of post-war Modernist design. It is complemented by the light oak wall cabinet in the opposite corner of the room. Made by the Danish company Faarup Mobler, it was designed the architect Ib Kofod Larsen, who also did freelance work for the G-Plan in the 1960s.                                                                                                                                                                                                

All the natural beech cupboards, draw units and bookcases in the bedrooms and attic shower room are also Danish. The multi-coloured Chest of Drawers in the attic was designed by Frank Guille for Austinsuite in the 1960s. This piece has been upcycled by a vintage furniture dealer, each drawer painted a different colour, which is rather fun.  

Many of the designers and manufacturers displayed in Elmet Farmhouse are featured in Lesley Jackson’s books on post-war textiles, furniture and design. You can peruse these publications in Elmet’s library during your stay and some are 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)

Ercol: Furniture in the Making by Lesley Jackson (Richard Dennis Publications)

Modern British Furniture: Design Since 1945 by Lesley Jackson (V&A Publishing)

‘Contemporary’ Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s by Lesley Jackson (Phaidon)

The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution by Lesley Jackson (Phaidon)

© Text and photographs copyright Lesley Jackson

Hebden Bridge Holiday Cottage

Elmet Farmhouse Holiday Cottage – Hebden Bridge – Haworth – Yorkshire Dales

Breathtaking Views, Inspiring Interiors, Yorkshire at its Finest

 

 

Looking for a special place to stay in Yorkshire?

Elmet Farmhouse is a holiday cottage like no other, a truly magical place to stay in one of the most beautiful corners of Yorkshire. ‘So hilly it makes your ears pop!’ 

Perched on a hill above the picturesque town of Hebden Bridge, not far from Haworth, Elmet Farmhouse is the perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Surrounded by hay meadows in the hilltop village of Pecket Well,the cottage has breathtaking views across the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags towards the ancient village of Heptonstall. With its bluebell woods, buttercup meadows and rolling heather moors, this is a unique corner of Yorkshire – the landscape that inspired the Brontë sisters and poet Ted Hughes.

 

 

If you love the countryside and the great outdoors, you’ll be in your element at Elmet Farmhouse. Set in a walkers’ paradise, the Pennine Way and the Yorkshire Dales are literally on your doorstep. There are fantastic walks in every direction along riverside paths, moorland tracks and stone-paved packhorse trails. With pheasants, deer and owls in our meadows, sheep, cattle and ponies grazing in the neighbouring fields, and curlews and lapwings nesting up on ‘the tops’, Elmet Farmhouse offers a rural idyll in a dramatic landscape which is a haven for wildlife.

 

 

Finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2016 White Rose Awards, Elmet Farmhouse itself is a pure delight. A handsome 18th-century yeoman clothier’s house, it has stone mullion windows, a huge carved stone fireplace and a cosy wood-burning stove. Beautifully furnished and exquisitely decorated, the farmhouse has a wonderful atmosphere and the interiors are as stunning as the views. Natural wood furniture, textile hangings and lovely lamps and wallpapers by local designer Hannah Nunn are just a few of the treats in store.

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, Elmet Farmhouse accommodates 6 people very comfortably so it’s ideal for families and groups of friends. The spacious lounge and roomy farmhouse kitchen have ample seating and the whole house is very well equipped. As well as WiFi, TV, DVD, washing machine and dishwasher, there are maps, walks leaflets and vintage games.

 

 

Elmet’s pretty cottage garden brimming with flowers is a wonderful place to sit out and enjoy the fabulous views. There are two outdoor dining areas overlooking our beautiful hay meadows next to the vegetable garden and historic barn. There’s plenty of space for children to run around in the garden and field.

 

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The vibrant town of Hebden Bridge is just two miles away down in the valley. Voted Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Awards, Hebden Bridge is renowned for its quirky independent shops and its distinctive double-decker terraced houses clinging to the hills. Hebden Bridge has butchers, bakers and designer-makers, as well as a 1920s cinema and numerous cafes and pubs.

 

Hardcastle Crags

The woodland paradise of Hardcastle Crags – one of the jewels in the National Trust’s crown – is within easy walking distance. You can hike to Stoodley Pike or Top Withins (Wuthering Heights) or explore the intriguing hidden valleys of Crimsworth Dean and Luddenden Dean.  The nearby village of Heptonstall with its ruined 13th century church, handloom weavers’ cottages and octagonal Methodist chapel is another fascinating place to explore.

 

 

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Haworth

Haworth, where the Brontë sisters wrote their famous novels, is a short scenic drive or hike over the moor. As well as being the perfect base for exploring Brontë Country, Elmet Farmhouse is within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including Wharfedale, Bolton Abbey, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove.

 

 

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, the magnificent newly-restored Piece Hall in Halifax, the elegant spa towns of Ilkley and Harrogate, the award-winning Hepworth Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the vibrant cities of Leeds and York are all within range so there are lots of interesting things to do.

 

 

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

How to contact us:

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

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Elmet Farmhouse sleeps 6       Sorry, no dogs or pets

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.

www.joannakinnerslytaylor.com

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.’

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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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PRESS COVERAGE

‘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

Marvellous Mid-Century Fabrics

Mid-Century Modern Fabrics at Elmet Farmhouse

 

 

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.

 

Purple Abstract 2  Purple Abstract 1

One of the most popular features are the striking mid-century modern 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.

 

Joan Charnley 1  Joan Charnley 2

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.

 

Hull Traders 1  Hull Traders 2

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.

 

David Whitehead 2  David Whitehead 1

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.

 

Tibor Raw Coral 1  Tibor Mexico 1

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.

 

Tibor Raw Coral 2  F Bathroom 2

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: www.hannahnunn.co.uk

© Lighting, wallpaper and textile designs copyright Hannah Nunn

© Text and images copyright Elmet Farmhouse

Elmet Farmhouse in Yorkshire Post

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.’

 

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….

 

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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.

 

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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.