Visiting Brontë Country

January 2015: Elmet Farmhouse – Brontë Country Luxury holiday cottage                                                Elmet Farmhouse 1         Elmet Farmhouse 2

 A luxury holiday cottage, the Elmet Farmhouse, near Haworth, West Yorkshire is now open to guests. It is ideal for Brontë scholars and devotees visiting Brontë Country. The Elmet Farmhouse is a recently restored 18th century Pennine Way hilltop farmhouse  in the village of Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge. It is less than seven miles from Haworth, in the heart of Brontë Country and is within walking distance of Top Withens. Renowned poets, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath are associated with Elmet Farmhouse.

Spectacular views across the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags towards the ancient village of Heptonstal are visible from here. The view will be instantly recognizable to all Ted Hughes fans as it is identical to the iconic photograph by Fay Godwin on the cover of Remains of  Elmet, Hughes’s collection of poems about Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley, where he spent his formative early years. Elmet Farmhouse is a short walk from Crimsworth Dean, the valley where Ted Hughes roamed as a child. Sylvia Plath, his first wife, is buried at Heptonstall Church. His parents were residents of Slack Heptonstall, both visible on the horizon from Elmet.

Built in the early 18th century as a yeoman clothier’s farmstead, Elmet Farmhouse has been sensitively restored to create a warm, comfortable and attractive holiday cottage, sleeping up to six. A Grade II Listed building, it has an imposing carved stone fireplace fitted with a wood-burning stove and handsome stone mullion windows with window seats overlooking the dramatic view. The ever-changing panorama is like a J. M. W. Turner (Joseph Mallard William – “English Romanticist landscape painter, water-colorist, and printmaker”) painting in 3D.

In addition to the large lounge and roomy farmhouse kitchen dining room, there are three bedrooms (one double and two twins) and two bathrooms. All rooms are spacious. This is a good place for a gathering, but the farmhouse is also well-suited for writers and academics seeking a peaceful rural retreat. Decorated and ‘curated’ by design historian Lesley Jackson, the farmhouse has been stylishly furnished with Scandinavian Modern furniture and attractive textiles and wallpapers. Combining period atmosphere with 21st century facilities, the farmhouse is well-equipped for work or leisure. It offers Wi-Fi, mobile reception, Smart TV, DVD and a CD player.

Situated close to the Pennine Way and on the 2014 Tour de France route, Elmet Farmhouse is ideal for hikers and cyclists as there are wonderful walks and rides in every direction. Maps and guidebooks are provided, along with other amusements, such as vintage games. The buzzing picturesque market town of Hebden Bridge is only two miles away in the valley, renowned for its unusual double-decker terraced housing and independent shops. Easily accessible by train from Leeds, York and Manchester, Elmet Farmhouse is near Ilkley, Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales. 

Lesley Jackson                                                                                                                                    Writer, Curator and Design Historian                                                                                                   Elmet Farmhouse                                                                                                                                 Wilcroft Farm                                                                                                                                        Pecket Well                                                                                                                                           Hebden Bridge                                                                                                                                           West Yorkshire HX7 8QY                                                                                                                             UK                                                      

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