In brief: A gorgeous, historic bolthole two minutes from Princes Street, which was once used by painter David Octavius Hill and photographer Robert Adamson.
Our highlight: The panoramic views over the city’s landmarks.
Insider guide: Proudly describing itself as being in the city but not of the city, this stunning mid-18th century merchant’s house, which sleeps eight, has been lovingly restored by interior designer Jonathan Reed and his partner, the fashion designer Graeme Black, in a classically cool and sympathetic style. The open fires make it particularly snug in the winter.
28 Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA
The London Bus at South Causey Inn
In brief: A fabulously renovated 1960s double decker Trafalgar Square bus
Our highlight: the private outdoor hot tub
Insider guide: Perfect for lovers of all things vintage is the fabulous 1960s double decker Trafalgar Square bus at South Causey Inn, which has been fully renovated into a luxurious accommodation space – complete with eye-catching décor and private outdoor hot tub. With a double bed, private garden, flat screen TV, Bluetooth speakers and roll-top bath (with another flat screen TV in sight) you can relax in style – wearing the complimentary slippers and fluffy dressing gown as you do.
Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS
Tree Lodges at Swinton Bivouac
In brief: Charming, secluded tree lodges in the heart of woodland.
Our highlight: Made for a fairytale getaway and perfect for kids and big kids alike.
Insider guide: A real rustic retreat, these tree lodges sleep up to seven, with one kingsized, one double and three single beds all fitted neatly into a bunk bed tier. It’s a hideaway that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy, with a gashob for cooking, hot water heated by a wood-burner and a wooden veranda for lounging as you look out over the surrounding valley. Expect an intimate, truly authentic, rustic, back-to-nature kind of breakaway.
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, Masham,
Ripon HG4 4JZ
In brief: A unique holiday cottage in an 18th century tower.
Our highlight: The exceptional panoramic views towards Holy Island.
Insider guide: An 18th century Grade II-listed dovecote, refurbished and now complete with 21st century facilities, at 65-feet high it stands like a watch tower over the surrounding area. Located in its own grounds too, The Ducket offers guaranteed peace and tranquility – few will have the thrill of staying in this ‘lighthouse on land’.
Easington, Belford NE70 7ED
In brief: Luxury yurts and tipis in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
Our highlight: The workshops they put on – brush up on your bushcraft, stargazing, pottery making and more.
Insider guide: For a bit of real wilderness, you’d be hard-pressed to beat this set of boho-chic boltholes with woodburning stoves, handmade reclaimed wood beds and duck-down duvets to bury yourself in after a long day exploring the National Park and getting back to basics with activities and events to reconnect you with nature.
Thornbury, Tarset NE48 1NA
In brief: A cottage perched on the cliffs overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay.
Our highlight: The endless sea views. As beautiful in a storm as under blue skies.
Insider guide: This cosy cottage for two has a snug mezzanine bedroom tucked into the rafters, a bathroom with a tub big enough for two and a large terrace where you can sit and watch dolphins playing in the surf below. Tucked away, with just the sea birds for company, the cottage gardens and woodland include a vegetable garden, herb patch, bee colony and orchard and you can help yourself to it all.