Orchard House Barn
In brief: A stunning five-star barn conversion close to the pretty village of Corbridge.
Our highlight: The huge wood-burning stove will warm the cockles of your heart.
Insider guide: A beautifully renovated old barn in the quaint hamlet of Sandhoe, within a five-minute drive of Corbridge’s shops, pubs and amenities. We love the way the old beams and feature fireplace blend with the contemporary kitchen and bathroom, creating the perfect balance between modernity and tradition. With Hadrian’s Wall close by, you can blow the cobwebs away with bracing winter walks, knowing you have every luxury – including White Company toiletries – to return to, in this sumptuous retreat for two (plus a four-legged friend).
Orchard House Barn, Sandhoe NE46 4LU
01665 710700 www.coquetcottages.co.uk
The Coach House
In brief: Luxury escape for two in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
Our highlight: The giant roll top bath, where you’ll want to lie and soak all day.
Insider guide: It may only have one bedroom but this little gem just keeps on giving when it comes to style and comfort. Double-height ceilings, exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling windows bring a sense of light and space to this beautifully appointed property. With underfloor heating, comfy sofas and luxurious fur throws, The Coach House invites you to come on in out of the cold and get cosy.
Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 7LF
07990 590210 www.farndalecottages.co.uk
In brief: Take a hop, skip and a jump into Scotland to this traditional Borders cottage.
Our highlight: Its picture-perfect whitewashed stone walls against a backdrop of rolling hills.
Insider guide: Echoes of this picture-perfect cottage’s 200-year-old past abound, with cosy fireplaces and exposed beams aplenty. There is nothing old-fashioned about the fixtures and fittings though – a sensitive restoration project has ensured that you can relax and enjoy the ultimate in contemporary style and comfort. With Edinburgh only a 40-minute drive away, why not combine this rural retreat with a day in the city?
Tweedswood, Redpath TD4 6AD
0191 285 1272 www.coastalretreats.co.uk
In brief: Your own detached getaway, surrounded by open countryside.
Our highlight: The private, enclosed garden – perfect for dogs (and children).
Insider guide: Settle down by the open fire and enjoy the comforts of this home-from-home. Set in 470 acres of stunning farmland on the banks of the river Tweed and only ten minutes’ drive from miles of sandy beaches, this is an idyllic escape for winter walks. With local highlights including nearby Holy Island and the historic market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, you will also be spoilt for choice culturally.
West Ord Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2XQ
01289 305788 www.westordcottages.co.uk
In brief: Stunning, single story stone barn sleeping two.
Our highlight: Spectacular views of the horizon through the double doors.
Insider guide: This is open plan-living at its best. Small but perfectly formed, Honeysuckle Cottage has been thoughtfully converted, retaining much of its character through exposed beams and stonework. Head back from a day of exploring to the ensuite wet room, complete with heated floors and towel rails – you’ll soon warm up.
Murk Head Farm, Harwood Dale, YO13 0LA
Sandy Shore Holidays
In brief: Two beautifully furnished apartments, right in the heart of Whitby.
Our highlight: Strolling along the traditional pier for piping hot fish and chips, following by deliciously indulgent local ice cream.
Insider guide: Both apartments have been recently renovated to an exceptionally high standard, creating a real home from home. Think sumptuosly soft king sized beds and cosy sofas to curl up on at the end of the day. Underfloor heating is an added luxury that makes these apartments the perfect winter getaway.
Sandy Shore Holidays, Whitby
In brief: A stunning luxury home in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our highlight: Contemporary styling blends seamlessly with cosy fires and deep-pile carpets.
Insider guide: Ideal for larger groups, Brass Castle sleeps 12 without losing that cosy, home-from-home feel. You’ll be sure to find a place to relax, whether it be at the heart of the home – the large farmhouse kitchen – or in the sun-filled conservatory, where you’ll find uninterrupted views of the garden and Dales beyond.
Norwood, Otley LS21 2QU
01642 263249 www.gorgeouscottages.com
In brief: A tranquil and stylish seaside escape with unspoilt views over the harbour.
Our highlight: The huge picture windows mean you can enjoy your surroundings whatever the weather.
Insider guide: The stylish interiors of this property may look like they belong in New York, but the property is right by the sea wall of Seahouses. Six people can stay here in its three sumptuous bedrooms (one of which is a large loft bedroom accessible via a spiral staircase). May we suggest you curl up with a hot chocolate in front of the windows and enjoy the view?
Harbour Road, Seahouses NE68 7RN
0191 2313020 www.cottagesinnorthumberland.co.uk
In brief: A small but perfectly formed romantic retreat for two.
Our highlight: The huge inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove, perfect for cosy winter afternoons.
Insider guide: Who says you need to wait for Valentine’s day for a romantic getaway? Sleeping two in one bedroom, this detached stone-built cottage has heart. New for October 2018 and situated in the picturesque village of Elsdon, The Lodge maximises its commanding views of the surrounding countryside with massive contemporary windows – the kitchen extension incorporates stunning skylights with a design-led finish to give a light and airy feel, whatever the weather.
Elsdon, Northumberland, NE19 1AA
01665 830783 northumbria-cottages.co.uk
In brief: Beautifully appointed four star holiday cottage within walking distance of stunning beaches.
Our highlight: The front door opens onto your own south-facing garden – perfect for catching those precious winter rays.
Insider guide: One of four award-winning cottages on Ross Farm, Skylark Sleeps six and is the perfect base to explore the coast, with the stunning three-mile-long expanse of Ross beach only a short walk away across the sand dunes. Come home to every comfort after bracing wintry walks, with an open fire in your south-facing living room and a well-appointed farmhouse kitchen where you can make yourself at home. Sleeping six, Skylark Cottage is great for larger families or groups wanting to make the most of the festive period.
Ross Farm, Belford, NE70 7EN
01668 213336 www.rosscottages.co.uk
In brief: A sublime conversion of a 17th century water mill.
Our highlight: The perfect juxtaposition between old and new – a sophisticated interior that is carefully balanced with the heritage of the original building.
Insider guide: Juniper Mill is the perfect place to spend a stolen weekend. Set amongst some five acres of grounds, this cosy cottage for two (with space for your four-legged friend) has a stylishly-decorated open-plan living space, and a mezzanine bedroom where you can roll out of bed and straight into your roll-top bath for a soak.
Lauder TD2 6SE
01573 226711 www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com
In brief: Set in the grounds of the Raithwaite Estate, the beautifully appointed cottage is as stunning inside as out.
Our highlight: The state-of-the-art, open plan kitchen/living area – a perfect social space.
Insider guide: Everyone needs a bit of luxury in their lives, especially when it’s cold outside. This cottage provides the perfect blend of outdoor beauty (the cottage is on the Ramside Estate, with excellent walks on your doorstep) and indoor comforts. Not only is the cottage itself fitted and furnished to the highest specification, guests are also free to use the spa facilities at Ramside Hall and can breakfast at the hall (for an additional charge).
Raithwaite Estate, Whitby YO21 3ST
01947 661661 www.raithwaiteestate.com
In brief: It’s called Christmas Cottage. Need we say more?
Our highlight: The frankly awe-inspiring fireplace, taking over an entire wall of the cosy snug.
Insider guide: Nestled in an attractive terrace in Gunnerside, this little gem is as characterful as its name suggests and yet oozes contemporary style and comfort. Sleeping four, in two double bedrooms, Christmas Cottage is the perfect base to return to after long walks over windswept moors or snowy hills. With the fire crackling away and a glass of sherry in your hand, it will begin to feel a lot like Christmas.
Gunnerside, Richmond DL11 6LE
01748 886366 www.catholecottages.com
In brief: Modern meets medieval at this historic holiday cottage dating all the way back to 1269.
Our highlight: Eleanor’s Byre (home of coffee, cake and gorgeous little trinkets) is just next door.
Insider guide: Built for the sister of Henry III, Eleanor De Monfort, this holiday cottage maintains its medieval character with original beams and inglenook fireplaces. Chill out in the garden, spend a lazy afternoon by the fire, or don your wellies and explore Northumberland’s unspoilt coastline nearby. There are two ensuite bedrooms and an open plan living space, making this the perfect place for a family holiday. Be sure to keep an eye out for Spitalford’s resident pig and donkey, who live in the adjoining field.
Embleton, Alnwick NE66 3DP
01665 576291 www.spitalford.co.uk
In brief: An atmospheric Grade II-listed former flour mill, oozing character and charm.
Our highlight: The light and spacious living area, with double-height ceiling, exposed stonework and a stunning fireplace.
Insider guide: Based in Lucker, just three miles from the beautiful village of Bamburgh with its castle and unspoilt beaches, Millstone Cottage is well-placed for exploring the coast. The cottage’s traditional styling with a contemporary twist means you’ll be as happy inside the cottage as when you’re out. And if you fancy getting a larger group together, Millstone Cottage can be linked to the Old Mill next door to sleep up to 12 guests.
All of the properties in Stablewood Cottages’ portfolio include special offers for the beautiful Beau Monde Salon & Spa (Living North Health and Beauty Award winners in 2016), so you can cool off with a swim in their pool, followed by a healthy lunch at adjoining eateries – either the Apple Core or Apple Inn.
Lucker steadings, Lucker, NE70 7JQ
01668 219607 www.stablewoodcoastalcottages.com
In brief: A traditional 17th century whitewashed cottage in the most idyllic of settings.
Our highlight: The utter peace and quiet.
Insider guide: Straight from a picturesque Lakeland scene, this Grade II-listed, dog- friendly cottage in the the tranquil Grizedale Valley (sleeping four) sits in the middle of open farm land, flanked by the dense forest beyond – a wonderfully quiet escape for those looking to truly switch off. Despite its rural setting, Low Bowkerstead affords only a short drive to explore the Lakeland villages of Hawkshead, Coniston and Ambleside.
Satterthwaite, Ulverston LA12 8LL
01539 441765 www.coppermines.co.uk
In brief: Beautifully appointed cottage with open farmland views.
Our highlight: The open-plan kitchen-diner which flows seamlessly into a cosy snug with log-burner.
Insider guide: One of Field House Farm’s seven award-winning properties, Garden Cottage is the ideal place to base yourself for a weekend of coastal walks or to explore what North Yorkshire has to offer. Sleeping four, this cottage combines a spacious feel with traditional charm, making it the perfect cosy but comfortable getaway.
Jewison Lane, Sewerby YO16 6YG
01262 674932 www.fieldhousefarmcottages.co.uk
In brief: Sleeping six in style, perfect for a family or festive gathering.
Our highlight: The rich reds and russet tones of the inviting living room.
Insider guide: Rated 5 star by Visit England for good reason, this stylish conversion of a former grain store oozes character and a sense of history. With underfloor heating throughout and a log-burning stove, The Granary is the perfect retreat to return to after crisp winter walks. Sleeping six and with a large, social living and dining area, this is the perfect space for groups of friends or family to celebrate the festive season – and the pub is only a mile away in nearby Walkington. Dogs are welcome, so you can even bring your pooch.
Broadgate Farm, Walkington, HU17 8RP
01482 888111 www.broadgatefarmcottages.co.uk
In brief: A cosy and characterful retreat with stunning spa on site.
Our highlight: Exposed beams in the living room pay homage to the cottage’s history.
Insider guide: Looking out on open moorland, this cottage gives you a taste of the wild, while providing every luxury on site. Sumptuously appointed, with a 5 star rating, Birch Cottage has underfloor heating and sleeps four to five. A bonus comes in the form of the onsite spa, inspired by the owners’ travels in South-East Asia – what better opportunity to relax, recharge and revitalise?
Smallshaw Cottages & Spa, Hollin Lane, Millhouse Green, S36 9NH
01226 767 506 www.smallshaw.com
In brief: The comfort and style of a boutique hotel in your own holiday home.
Our highlight: Indulgent touches – we love the welcome hamper and spa-style bathrobe.
Insider guide: Just a few steps away from a whole host of award-winning eateries, Piccadilly Cottage is just one of The Copper Horse’s nine cottages in the pretty village of Seamer, close to all Scarborough’s attractions. With stylish decor and immaculate furnishings, special touches at Piccadilly Cottage include large comfy beds, plump pillows and sumptuous sofas.
Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough YO12 4RF
01723 862029 www.thecopperhorse.co.uk