Take a country track just off the A19 near Osmotherley, and windy roads will lead you to an unassuming car park, surrounded by rolling countryside and a couple of cute cottages. In the distance you’ll see towering pines – beneath them, is our home for the night.
Whether you’re visiting in the height of summer, or in the deepest winter, this is the perfect spot for an evening under the stars – or a cosy evening by the fire in your new canvas crib.
The lovely Matt and Elizabeth are the brains behind A Place in Pines. The story started with a bit of land, some trees, a pond and an ability to throw a mean barbecue. Roll all of those into one, and you’ve got a pretty cool campsite – with a lovely, luxe twist.
A place in the Pines is like nowhere I’ve been before. Venture into the woods, check in to your canvas lodge and you’ll feel completely lost – but right at home at the same time.
It’s exciting, it’s enchanting and it’s really quite magical. The lodges themselves are something you might find in the Swiss mountains – or in the depths of Canada.
Each canvas cabin is set in its own secluded spot beneath the trees – all kitted out with bathrooms, kitchens, living areas and a veranda.
Inside, the style is effortlessly cool. Think dark wood floors, re-upholstered furniture and Scandi-inspired decor. Cosy up by the fire with a fur throw, get lost in a book as you while away the hours on an Erol rocker, or listen to the birds sing as you enjoy a cup of the good stuff on your decking area.
It’s the whimsical woodland retreat we’ve all been waiting for – and it’s right here on our doorstep in North Yorkshire!
Waking up to the smell of a campfire, the fresh country air and bacon cooking on the stove. Is there anything better?
If the location isn’t enough to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling – the homemade treats found in and around your lodge will. Warm up with a sloe gin, cover your toast in homemade honey and collect your breakfast eggs from the hens and ducks on site. Highlights aplenty here. Hot baths. Honesty boxes. Heaps of logs. A proper home from home.
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Set back in the untouched North Yorkshire woodland, these cosy canvas cabins are idyllic and secluded. With a decked veranda for all your barbecuing needs and alfresco dinner parties, it’s a place perfect for family celebrations as well as cosy getaways.
Elizabeth meets us in the car park with a buggy to carry our cases to our cabin. We’re led through a woodland trail to our humble abode for the evening. The decor has a rustic luxe feel, with all the amenities you’d expect from a five-star room, minus the TV and electricals – and boy, are we glad for it. This is a time to really switch off and appreciate our beloved Yorkshire!
The lodge has everything you need. It’s a comfortable cabin in the woods – and a cool one at that. There’s a hot bath, a wood-burning stove, bunk beds, a master suite, camp-inspired kitchen, dining table, sofa with cosy furnishings and hot water bottles to see you through those cooler nights. After a busy working week, we’re ready to switch off in our stylish sanctuary set within the trees.
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On a cool, drizzly evening, the pines keep us dry and our saviour stove keeps us toasty, but it also delivers the goods when it comes to cooking up a storm inside. Sunnier nights can be spent barbecuing on the terrace, or getting to the grips with the pizza oven hidden in the woodland. For us, it’s a bit of slow cooking in the stove – for dinner and for breakfast. Delicious.
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The sleeping and strolling opportunities are endless here. If you manage to peel yourself from your cosy bunk, wake up with a cup of fresh coffee and explore the pines. There’s a pond where you can get up close and personal with the woodland’s wild residents, or you’ll find sheep, pigs and ponies in the next field, who will appreciate a pat and a carrot.
Animals aside, there are plenty of local walks – taking in the hills, the woodlands and more. A tranquil walk around Cod Beck Reservoir near Swainby is just a short drive away. As the evening draws in, head to the Golden Lion in Osmotherley for a hearty pub meal in the country-chic setting.