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Places to go
January 2021
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The best places to book close to home.
Huts in the Hills

If you’re looking forward to: A cosy night away

You’ll love: Huts In The Hills, Alnwick

Made from reclaimed oak with sheep wool insulation, these huts are finished to the highest standard. The largest, Cheviot, sleeps two adults with a bunkbed (and climbing wall) for two children. Hedgehope, which is for two, boasts a large veranda and an outdoor antique bath, and Dunmore, the most traditional hut, is a cosy retreat for couples. Relax by the wood-burning stove as local ingredients can be ordered for delivery to your hut.

Black Horse Beamish

If you’re looking forward to: A dog-friendly retreat

You’ll love: Black Horse Beamish

A stone’s throw from Beamish Museum, this is the ideal luxury stay with plenty to see. As well as the Black Horse Beamish, Red Row Estate is home to Old Red Row Rooms (bespoke oak-fitted bedrooms with large, handmade and luxurious beds) and Red Row Retreat (an exclusive boutique hideaway sleeping up to 10). There’s also a glorious 37-acre sprawl of fields and woodland, with wildlife in abundance.

Star Inn

If you’re looking forward to: A unique stay

You’ll love: The Star Inn at Harome

This gorgeous 14th century thatched pub, with Andrew Pern at the helm, holds a Michelin star with dishes crafted from local, seasonal ingredients, such as milk-fed squab pigeon poached in celeriac juice. Its very own thirteen-bedroomed hotel, Cross House Lodge, is just across the road and each room has its own quirky features – ask for room one for a bath at the end of your bed, or room five for your very own snooker table.

Rose & Crown

If you’re looking forward to: Exploring Teesdale

You’ll love: Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk

The Rose and Crown’s restaurant has two AA Rosettes, while the (dog-friendly) cosy bar's antique Windsor chairs and copious copper ornaments are as warming as the flickering flames of its open fire, where you can warm up after a walk. But you’ll want to stay for a while at this 18th century coaching inn if you truly want to explore its surroundings.


If you’re looking forward to: Family fun

You’ll love: Raithwaite Sandsend, Whitby

This relaxed country house hotel is perfect for a family escape by the beach. The Brasserie serves simple and seasonal dishes, including fresh seafood from Whitby, and after a day by (or on) the water, you can head to the hotel’s heated indoor pool to warm up. There’s plenty of activities to take part in too from surf lessons at their in-house surf school to moorland hikes and cycling.
Raithwaite Sandsend, Whitby

Clear Sky Lodge

If you’re looking forward to: Star-gazing

You’ll love: Clear Sky Lodge Park, Kielder

Set in the heart of Kielder village, Clear Sky Lodge Park offers lodges within touching distance of winding woodland walks and adventurous activities. The cottages boast cosy country interiors but if it’s a clear night, you can relax in the hot tub and look at the stars – it’s not called Clear Sky lodge park for nothing.

Kip & Nook

If you’re looking forward to: The perfect hideaway

You’ll love: Kip & Nook, Manfield

This brand new retreat nestled among the trees on a farm in Manfield is the ideal getaway – think cosy fires and rolling-hill surroundings. Treat yourself to the ultimate hideaway and immerse yourself in the countryside, cosy up in the 40ft converted container cabin and relax in the log-burning hot tub or by the fire pit with everything you need for a luxurious off-grid experience.

Tunstall Road

If you’re looking forward to: Togetherness

You’ll love: Tunstall Road Farm, Catterick

Enjoy a family retreat in the luxurious five-star self-catering homes at Tunstall Road Farm near Richmond. The three houses can easily sleep up to 22 people in total as well as their well-behaved pets – perfect for a family gathering when restrictions allow. None of the properties are overlooked, so each has its own private outdoor space to relax and unwind.

Baby Moon

If you’re looking forward to: Trying something new

You’ll love: Baby Moon Camp, Dunsdale

Baby Moon is a boutique camp site offering glamping accommodation in a variety of glamping nests for weddings, celebrations and cool staycations. Here you can relax and play in a welcoming and creative space, and try something new in the great outdoors. There’s a range of therapies to discover and plenty of activities to enjoy, including bushcraft and making your own body butter.

Wrea Head

If you’re looking forward to: True relaxation

You’ll love: Wrea Head Hall Hotel, Scalby

Built in 1881, this once private home is now an elegant country hotel with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. As an adults-only retreat, relaxation is the name of the game here and whether enjoying cocktails out on the terrace, strolling in the beautiful gardens, or simply settling down in the book-filled library, it’s the perfect place to relax, unwind and escape the everyday.

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