Stunning 18C hilltop farmhouse with breathtaking views, Hebden Bridge, Haworth, Yorkshire Dales. Beautiful interiors, cottage garden, hay meadows, inspiring countryside, walkers' paradise.
ELMET FARMHOUSE - Inspiring Yorkshire holiday cottage with breathtaking views near Hebden Bridge and Haworth, ideal for Yorkshire Dales. Finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire's 2016 White Rose Awards Hebden Bridge - Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Awards 2016
* Handsome 18th century farmhouse overlooking Hardcastle Crags with spectacular views of steep wooded valleys and rolling Pennine hills
* A unique holiday cottage in a sublime rural setting - 'perfect in every way', according to our guests
* Inspiring interiors with beautiful lamps and furnishings and a cosy wood-burning stove
* Stone mullion windows with window seats and a huge fireplace with wood-burning stove
* Warm, comfortable and spacious, extremely well-equipped with wifi and all mod cons
* Lovely cottage garden full of flowers with bench and outdoor dining area overlooking vegetable garden and hay meadows
* Surrounded by fantastic countryside with walks from the door to bluebell woods, rivers, waterfalls and heather moors
* Picturesque Hebden Bridge is just down the hill, renowned for its quirky independent shops and relaxed creative vibe - winner of the Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Awards 2016
*The ancient village of Heptonstall and the spectacular National Trust woodland of Hardcastle Crags are both close by
* Set in the heart of Bronte Country, the inspiration for Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Haworth is just over the hill
* There are lot of great things to do for all the family, including the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Saltaire Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the award-winning Hepworth Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
* Blackface sheep, Swaledale sheep, Highland cattle and ponies graze in the surrounding fields
* Great area for wildlife and birdwatching: deer, pheasants, kestrels, owls, woodpeckers, curlews, lapwings and golden plovers in abundance More information Elmet Farmhouse is a newly-restored 18th century Pennine hilltop famhouse with breathtaking views overlooking the beautiful National Trust woodland of Hardcastle Crags and the ancient village of Heptonstall. Set in a wonderful rural location, surrounded by hay meadows, the farmhouse has a pretty cottage garden and panoramic views of steep wooded valleys, rolling hills and heather moors.
A walker's paradise with footpaths in every direction, this is the landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters and the poet Ted Hughes. Elmet Farmhouse has a real wow factor. Our visitors can't believe their luck when they arrive. Each room is a delight. The large living room has stone mullion windows with a long window seat and a giant carved stone fireplace with a woodburning stove. The kitchen is spacious and extremely well-equipped, with a handsome oak dining table and quirky bicycle-patterned wallpaper. There are three lovely light-filled bedrooms (one double and two twins), each with carefully chosen bedding, pictures and hangings, and two airy bathrooms, one with a bath and both with showers, both with zingy green lino floors.
Elmet's luxurious bespoke interiors are as striking as the views and greatly add to the pleasure of staying in this characterful old farmhouse. Warm, comfortable and spacious, all the rooms are beautifully decorated and stylishly furnished with vintage textiles, elegant Scandinavian furniture and exquisite lamps, wallpapers and cushions by talented local designer Hannah Nunn.
Natural wood and floral patterns complement the honey-coloured stone of the building and the wildflowers and grasses in the fields outside. A Grade II Listed early 18th house with 21st century facilities, Elmet Farmhouse has all mod cons, including wifi and super-efficient gas central heating. As well as a TV, DVD player and hifi, there are lots of interesting books and vintage games to keep you entertained. Designed to make your holiday as relaxing and stress-free as possible, Elmet Farmhouse has all the appliances and accessories you need, from a washing machine and drying rack to a large fridge-freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The pretty cottage garden in front of the farmhouse is full of lovely flowers - hellebores, tulips and primroses in spring, geums, candelabra primulas and dianthus in the summer, to name but a few. It's an idyllic spot to sit and admire the magnificent view.
There's also an outdoor dining area and a lawn planted with spring bulbs overlooking the meadows and a vegetable garden with a colourful herbaceous border. From here you can admire the impressive gable end of the farmhouse and the handsome facade of the historic barn, dated 1861 and also Grade II Listed. The fields surrounding the farmhouse are grown for hay, which is used to feed cattle at a nearby farm in Crimsworth Dean. Children are welcome to play in the field in from of the farmhouse outside hay-growing season (August to April). The fields look beautiful during the spring and summer as they are full of buttercups and red sorrel. Over winter some of our fields may be used for grazing.
At the moment there are some handsome rize-winning Hampshire Downs rams grazing in our top field, which has a footpath running through to Hardcastle Crags. Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley are perfect for people who love the countryside and the great outdoors. Lush, green and hilly, with characterful stone-built towns and villages, this is Yorkshire at its best. With its dramatic steep-sloped wooded valley, rivers and waterfalls, hilltop meadows and heather moors, this is a unique part of the country, unlike anywhere else. It provides a paradise for walkers as there are numerous footpaths in every direction, and a network of stone-paved packhorse tracks and ancient stone-built bridges. It's also a great place for mountain bikers and cyclists.
The 2014 Tour de France and the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire both came right past the top of our drive. Hikers and cyclists are especially welcome - we provide lots of walks leaflets, guidebooks and maps. The village of Pecket Well, with its historic mill, has a nice friendly pub a few minutes walk from Elmet Farmhouse serving tasty food and award-winning locally-brewed Timothy Taylor's beer. The buzzing picturesque town of Hebden Bridge is just two miles away down in the valley, renowned for its independent shops and striking 'double-decker' terraces running along the contours of the hills. With butchers, bakers and designer-makers, it's a great place for buying local food, vintage clothes and beautiful hand-crafted designs, such as the Hannah Nunn lamps in the farmhouse. There are also lots of good pubs and cafes, a 1920s cinema (the Picture House) and an excellent music venue (Trades Club). Running through the town is the Rochdale Canal, where you can wander along the towpathor take a cruise on a colourful canal boat. The National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags lies just below Pecket Well, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse. With its wonderful bluebell woods and historic Gibson Mill, it's the perfect place for a riverside ramble.
The ancient village of Heptonstall is also not to be missed. Perched on the hilltop across the valley from Elmet, it has a steep narrow cobbled main street, a ruined 13th century church and an 18th century octagonal Methodist chapel where John Wesley preached, not to mention the Towngate Tearooms as well. There are also a wealth of other attractions within close range. Haworth village, home of the Bronte sisters, is less than 7 miles away. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, an extraordinary model village built by Sir Titus Salt for the workers in his huge textile factory, Salt's Mill, provides a memorable day out. The magnificent Yorkshire Dales National Park, with spectacular limestone features such as Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, is also readily accessible. Also easily reached are the handsome spa towns of Harrogate and Ilkley, the splendid Victorian city of Leeds with its wonderful arcades, and the historic city of York with its world-famous minster and narrow medieval streets. For further information about Elmet Farmhouse and the surrounding area, see Elmet Farmhouse website.