10 Rural Retreats in the North

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Dining room of The Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk
Escape to the country for some downtime from the hectic city lifestyle

The Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk
What it is:
A Georgian gem – a true Teesdale treasure.
Highlight: The Monk’s Cottage and its fantastic views of the estate’s Saxon church.
The Rose and Crown’s restaurant has two AA Rosettes, while the bar’s antique Windsor chairs and copious copper ornaments are as warming as the  flickering flames of its open fire. Whether gently warming up after a bracing walk through Durham’s countryside, or wetting your lips after some fireside conversation, the bar is the peaceful nucleus of the community. 
Barnard Castle DL12 9EB
01833 650213 www.rose-and-crown.co.uk

The Wheatsheaf Swinton
What it is:
A warm and welcoming Berwickshire hotel. 
Highlight: The spacious Sun Room provides perfect views.
This inn straddling the border, with locally-reared Scotch beef and Edinburgh ales, manages to make the best of both the ‘Auld enemies.’ The beautiful bar and comfortable armchairs in the lounge create a convivial atmosphere for the Wheatsheaf’s guests.
The Wheatsheaf Hotel and Restaurant, The Green, Swinton, Berwickshire TD11 3JJ
01890 860257 www.thewheatsheaf-swinton.co.uk

The Trout Hotel
What it is:
A chic hotel in Cockermouth that offers the ideal restorative retreat. 
Highlight: The wonderful Wordsworth Room for pleasurable private dining.
A favourite getaway for Hollywood star Bing Crosby, The Trout Hotel has 49 stunning rooms, some of which have beautiful riverside views. The decadent Derwent Restaurant has scrumptious cuisine, with The Lakes Distillery vodka salmon gravlax and smoked salmon making the most of the area’s premier produce.
Crown Street, Cockermouth CA13 0EJ 
01900 823591 www.trouthotel.co.uk

The Punch Bowl Inn
What it is:
A stunning 17th century Swaledale inn. 
Highlight: The restaurant featuring an open fire and a unique wooden bar.
This delightful inn in the beautiful Dales features nine double and two twin rooms with views across Swaledale. The large lounge area is a good place to relax in the warmth after a walk before you dine on slow braised belly of pork with apple and black pudding, finishing with terrifically tart lemon posset and homemade shortbread.
Low Row, Richmond DL11 6PF
03337 000779 www.pbinn.co.uk

The Pheasant Hotel
What it is:
A beautiful country hotel in Harome.
Highlight: Early morning swims in the heated indoor swimming pool.
Formerly a blacksmith’s shop, village shop and barns, the 16 rooms at The Pheasant Hotel fringe a courtyard full of fruit trees. Decorated in a homely style, this romantic getaway also has a conservatory, bar and restaurant, and is a brilliant base from which to explore the surrounding moorland.
Harome, Near Helmsley YO62 5JG 
01439 771241 www.thepheasanthotel.com

The Durham Ox
What it is:
A quaint, 300-year-old pub with an old-time feel.
Highlight: The 600 square feet studio suite.
Despite the exposed stone floor and the wooden beams overhead, this is not just a robust tavern serving Yorkshire’s finest ales; the studio suite and the Ox’s two cottages provide comfortable lodgings with a propensity to pamper. With an extensive wine menu, along with dishes like lobster mac and cheese from the kitchen, the Ox does more than just beer and beef.
West Way, Crayke, York YO61 4TE 
01347 821506 www.thedurhamox.com

Lastingham Grange
What it is:
A stunning stone hotel with an idyllic courtyard and gardens.
Highlight: Its secluded and immaculately-kept 10 acres of green space.
The roaring fire in the open lounge provides the perfect communal space for the 12 ensuite bedrooms here, while the snug dining room looks out over the hotel’s tranquil rose garden. The heartiness of the food, coupled with the rustic ambience, transports visitors back to the halcyon days of the English country estate. 
Lastingham YO62 6JH
01751 417345 www.lastinghamgrange.com

Bedroam
What it is: A double-decker bus with 18 luxury sleeping pods.
Highlight: The stylish interior, with its fluid contours and fantastic fittings.
Taking inspiration from Japanese capsule hotels, Bedroam incorporates luxury and functionality into one, while maximising the limited space a double- decker bus has to offer. The top floor has 14 sleek sleeping pods, each equipped with a memory-foam mattress, while on the ground floor there is a large lounge area complete with a rotating TV screen and space for four more beds. Even better, it can move to where you want it.
Rydedale Farm, Melbourne YO42 4ST
01759 318839 www.bedroam.co.uk

Raithwaite Estate
What it is:
A grand country retreat including hotels, cottages, a Lake House and spa.
Highlight: The 28-room Keep, a contemporary place to closet yourself away.
This Yorkshire estate is a one-stop shop for any kind of getaway. Whether you want the full service of a hotel stay, an ultra-exclusive private home or one of seven quaint stone cottages, there’s a place to stay in the 100 acres of grounds. The luxury spa on site also offers treatments for man and man’s best friend. 
Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3ST
01947 661661 www.raithwaiteestate.com

Beverley Tickton Grange Hotel
What it is: A Georgian country hotel with 21 stunning bedrooms.
Highlight: The Library, with its roaring fire, is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee.
Four stunning acres of gardens, meadows and paddocks are just one of the highlights of Tickton Grange. The gorgeous rooms in the hotel’s main building are charming and welcoming in equal measure, while the four Granary rooms come with their own private garden, and the food here is second-to-none. 
Tickton, Beverley HU17 9SH
01964 543666 www.ticktongrange.co.uk

Published in: June 2017

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