A cheeky hideaway
The Little Hide, York
One for wellies and walks. The Little Hide is just a few minutes’ away from the hustle and bustle of York city centre. A grown-up getaway in a child-free camping site with eight camping pods with electricity, beds, heaters and sofas. On site find a farm shop and café. For a foodie stop-off in York check out The Blue Bicycle which specialises in fish dishes. Rustique is an authentic French restaurant with traditional décor. If you have a sweet tooth, Crumbs Cupcakery is a sweet stop for homemade cakes.
A salty seadog spot
The Sail Loft, Berwick
A charming room (well, half a house!) in No1 Sallyport, a sea merchant’s 17th Century grade 2 listed town house in Berwick’s Old Town right by the characterful waterfront and old dock – and at the beginning of the brand new The Sandstone Way cycle route. The cobbled lane called Sallyport was once painted by L.S.Lowry and this part of town is steeped in nautical history as the room names suggest. The Sail Loft has its own private staircase and bespoke, contemporary furnishings.
It occupies the whole upper level of the west wing.
Close by, eat at Deyn’s Deli for Holy Island crab sandwiches and luxury ice-creams or all-day breakfasts.
Audela is popular for fresh fish and el Taperio, a Morrocan restaurant opposite Sallyport.
Askham Hall, Cumbria
This grand house in Cumbria envelops you in un-shouty chic. In a picturesque village, it is subtly stylish with dashing furnishings, cool art and a very laid-back vibe. Lots of loungeabout loveliness in wandering gardens in the Eden Valley, a lovely part of the world. Eat breakfast in the garden or dine on seasonal menus from an impressive kitchen, sourced from the grounds and gardens. Special mention for an outdoor heated pool and sauna. It is part of the Lowther Estate and worthy of a visit is the nearby George and Dragon pub, a restored 18th century coaching inn with a rustic-gastro thing going on.
Thorphinsty Barn, Lake District
Thorphinsty Barn is a gathering place away from the maddening crowds with its own air of calm. Near Cartmel in Cumbria (where the famous sticky toffee pudding hails from), scenery takes in fells and beachy bays. A lavish converted 15th century barn packed with character but bountiful 21st century offerings. Linger beneath original oak beams, arched roof and stone floors. A beautiful open fireplace that makes this a great place for a winter stay. The luxurious master bedroom features a claw-foot roll top bath.
It’s not far from the Arnside Morecambe Bay Walk, a secluded and secret bay walk along a picturesque pier near rock pools, limestone cliffs and wooded headland.
An artistic Cumbrian barn conversion oozing sleek style, Starck fittings and a home cinema make this an anytime-of-the year destination. A spiral staircase of polished oak railway sleepers and stainless steel leads to a living room and a window seat for mountain and lake views. A hand-blown glass chandelier cascades from the raftered ceiling. We think this is the ultimate winter weekend bolthole.
From £595 per week (sleeps 2).
Take the plunge. Soothe the need for an outdoor swimming fix – we’ve swum in here when there’s been snow on the ground. Just keep the bathrobe close by.
In probably one of the most pretty, picturesque villages in North Yorkshire, Feversham Arms is a cool hideaway for luxe-seeking guests.
Perfect if you fancy a shoot – or they can offer your own moorland shooting party as well as archery, fell walking and climbing, quad biking and gliding from Sutton Bank.
Good food here and in the village if you need to pack a picnic.
Or plump for the ‘Do Not Disturb’ menu and dine in private whilst making the most of the incredible movie library on offer.
Coastal country house
Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough
Yorkshire at its finest; picturesque scenery in a luxurious hotel with the rustic vibe of a converted country house, surrounded by barns and out-buildings.
Pick from three different types of rooms; a beautiful, cosy, country chic, a wisteria-clad garden courtyard or a spacious cottage suite.
On your doorstep, the traditional seaside pull of Scarborough and some fine coastal walking trails.
Bilbo moments in North Yorkshire
Fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can now experience a bit of the hobbit’s homeland, The Shire in the North York Moors.
Potts Corner would have done Bilbo Baggins proud with its green round porthole-like door, stained glass windows and grass roof. It aims to ‘out-hobbit’ other holiday homes in the UK that have adopted the name of Tolkien’s mythical residences.
Not-so-Hobbit are the roll-top free-standing bath and luxury organic wool mattresses!