Elmet Farmhouse is a holiday cottage like no other. A truly special place, it’s set in an idyllic location in the hilltop village of Pecket Well, with breathtaking panoramic views across the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags towards the historic village of Heptonstall on the horizon. With its plunging gorges, bluebell woods, wildflower meadows and rolling heather moors, this is a unique corner of Yorkshire – the landscape that inspired the Brontë sisters and the poet Ted Hughes. Hebden Bridge – newly-crowned winner of the Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Competition – is a delightful place, renowned for its independent shops and relaxed creative vibe.
Elmet Farmhouse itself is a pure delight. Lovingly restored, this handsome stone-built Grade II Listed yeoman clothier’s house dates from 1728. As soon as you cross the threshold and see the huge carved stone fireplace and wood-burning stove, you know you’re in for a treat. With its lovely stone mullion windows and inviting window seats, Elmet has a wonderful atmosphere and provides a unique holiday haven.
Beautifully furnished and imaginatively decorated by design historian Lesley Jackson, Elmet’s interiors are as stunning as the views. Embodying the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’ – cosiness, contentment and well-being – Elmet melds Scandinavian blond wood furniture and striking vintage textiles with exquisite cut-paper lamps, wallpapers and cushions by local designer Hannah Nunn.
Surrounded by marvellous countryside with numerous footpaths, bridleways and packhorse tracks, Elmet Farmhouse offers a walkers’ paradise and is ideal for hikers and cyclists. Only 7 miles from Haworth, it provides the perfect base for exploring Brontë Country and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Light and spacious, the farmhouse accommodates 6 people very comfortably, but is cosy for couples or smaller groups. The large lounge and roomy farmhouse kitchen have ample seating and are very well equipped. As well as WiFi, TV, DVD, washing machine and dishwasher, there are copious maps, walks leaflets and vintage games. Upstairs are three light airy bedrooms (one double and two twins) with attractive furnishings and bed linen and two bathrooms (one with a bath, both with showers) with toiletries and towels. The pretty cottage garden, overlooking hay meadows and brimming with flowers, is a wonderful place to sit out and enjoy the fabulous views.
Pecket Well has a friendly pub within easy walking distance serving home-cooked food and award-winning Timothy Taylor’s beer. Hebden Bridge, just down the hill, has butchers, bakers and designer-makers, as well as numerous cafes and pubs. With its higgledy-piggledy double-decker terraces, riverside paths and canal, it’s a fascinating place to explore. Perched on the hill above is the ancient village of Heptonstall with its ruined 13th century church, handloom weavers’ cottages and octagonal Methodist chapel.
There are lots of other intriguing valleys nearby, such as Crimsworth Dean, Cragg Vale and Luddenden. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, the spa towns of Ilkley and Harrogate, the award-winning Hepworth Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the awe-inspiring Yorkshire Dales are all within close range.