To get that ‘worlds away’ feeling, you don’t have to venture all that far. We were delighted to discover this off-grid hideaway in the North Yorkshire countryside, near Darlington.
Hidden in the grounds of a farm, you’ll find the whimsical world that is Kip & Nook – offering luxurious accommodation of all kinds.
From the beautiful four bedroom Barn – perfect for a big family celebration, to the OG Container – a contemporary converted container surrounded by endless fields, and last, but certainly not least, the The Cabin – the ultimate, cosy off-grid cabin, there’s something for everyone.
Whichever accommodation you opt for, you’ll be surrounded by glorious countryside and you’ll feel a million miles away from the rush of daily life.
As we gradually ease our way out of lockdown restrictions, there’s no better place to switch off from the wider world and switch on those staycation vibes.
The beauty of this place is that there is no real sense of place. You’re moments away from Darlington, Richmond and road links to the wider North East region, but as soon as you wind around the country roads and find yourself on the farm track, you could be anywhere.
It’s like nowhere else we’ve stayed, and it’s exactly what we all need right now.
HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS >>
We’re staying in the OG Container – packing in everything you’d expect from an off-grid, five star stay, into a cool, contemporary cabin.
Whether you’re picking up a pizza to enjoy in the log burning hot tub, or you’re planning on cooking up a storm in the fully-fitted kitchen, this place has all the mod-cons you can imagine, and more.
Boasting one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen, dining and living area, the container effortlessly blends from one space to the other, and it’s incredibly well thought out.
Yes, it’s cosy, but with floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful bifold doors and bedroom skylights everywhere you turn, the space is endless.
You’ll find no blinds here, just you and the natural world around you. The North Yorkshire wildlife is your neighbour.
A sunny terrace surrounds the cabin, perfect for barbecuing in the warmer months and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit on those cooler evenings.
If you start to feel that northern chill, you can hop in the environmentally-friendly log burning hot tub as you watch the sun set in the distance.
Curl up and unwind in the comfy king size bed under the stars and let the sunlight naturally wake you from your slumber.
This is the ultimate couples getaway, with everything you need to truly switch off in style. The cabin is dog friendly too, so you don’t need to worry about leaving your furry friend at home.
This place has some serious style. Think industrial with a super chic, cosy twist.
You’ll find cushions, blankets and fireside seating areas, surrounded by concrete-effect walls, slate grey kitchens and sci-fi skylights. The juxtaposition of the stripped back, Yorkshire countryside and what lies within the contemporary converted containers once again creates a ‘sense of place’ like nowhere else. It’s truly unique.
Lap up the natural beauty of the rolling countryside as you cosy up by the fire with a bottle of the good stuff. Watch the sunset over the container as you soak away your worries in the log burning hot tub, or gaze up at your bedroom roof window for an evening of stargazing under the moonlit sky.
LAY YOUR HEAD >>
This has to be one of the most creative bedrooms we’ve seen. A king size bed is perfectly packed into a cosy space with a OG Container floor-to-ceiling window offering views across the fields and a roof light offering the ultimate stargazing experience from the comfort of bed.
You get that feeling of being out in nature, but with no compromise on the luxury. Complete with heating, lighting and all the soft furnishings to ensure you’re as snug as can be as you drift off, you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep at the OG.
FOOD AND DRINK >>
Whether it’s a summer barbecue on the decking area, or a home-cooked three- course feast indoors, you’ll find everything you need to ensure you eat like kings and queens during your container stay.
We opt for a pizza by the firepit, followed by sweet treats by the fire and a bacon butty on the terrace as the sun wakes up the natural beauty surrounding us.
Nearby restaurants for takeout treats, or meals out when the time is right, include Middleton Lodge Estate’s Coach House and Forge, Salt in Darlington, Stable Hearth in Darlington, The Fox Hole at Piercebridge, James Close’s Raby Hunt and The Devonport.
DO THIS >>
This might be a remote location, but the world is your oyster when it comes to exploring the beauty that surrounds you and the wider region.
Walkers will find endless strolls through the farmland, woodlands and along the riverbanks; fitness-fanatics can work up a sweat at the on-site gym; and culture vultures can find world class exhibitions at the Bowes Museum.
All of that, plus plenty of hikes just a short drive away (Low Force Waterfall, Easby Abbey and Billy Bank Woods), and days out at the likes of Raby Castle and Thorp Perrow.
The K&N team is on hand before and during your stay to ensure you get the best of the area, whether that’s simply sitting back and taking in the beauty on your doorstep, or getting out and exploring a little further afield.
For us, our OG getaway is about putting our feet up and enjoying the countryside from the comfort of our cabin. Endless sunsets, stargazing and sunrise wake-up- calls. It’s the little things in life. A true luxe staycation.