Cosy Cottages Perfect For a Winter Breakaway
Cosy cottages and chic boltholes to make your own
In brief: Luxury farm cottages surrounded by the glorious Yorkshire Wolds.
Our highlight: An eco-friendly stay using reclaimed materials wherever possible, as well as renewable technologies for heating and hot water.
Insider guide: Skilfully converted from charming farm buildings, these holiday cottages have all the modern comforts with the character you can expect from period properties. Sleeping from four to nine, each one has been individually designed using natural materials, quality furnishings and luxurious fabrics. Aiming to create a home from home, the cottages have fully-equipped kitchens and enclosed lawns with garden furniture. At the same time, crisp bed linen, fluffy towels and handmade soaps offer guests the treats of luxury accommodation. Set in rural East Yorkshire and with the coast nearby these holiday lets are the perfect base from which to explore the area.
Walkington, Beverley HU17 8RP
In brief: Six holiday cottages with glorious countryside walks from the door of each.
Our highlight: Seeping eight, The Stables is a beautifully converted Grade II-listed stable block on the ravine of the River Coquet.
Insider guide: Situated in the heart of the Coquet Valley, Brinkburn is no ordinary place to stay, with six unique cottages all complete with wood burners, and all perfectly situated for exploring Northumberland – from heritage castles to beautiful coastlines. The cottages can be booked together or separately, and range from boltholes for couples to accommodation for larger groups. From luxury bed linen to exposed beams, each one combines the best of modern comfort with the character of the original buildings. If the weather is playing ball, there are plenty of scenic walks on the surrounding Brinkburn Estate, including the 12th century priory.
PASTURE HOUSE HOLIDAY COTTAGES
In brief: Luxury accommodation in the peaceful Yorkshire countryside.
Our highlight: The large living room with bar area and log burner.
Insider guide: With two stunning homes in an idyllic rural setting, Pasture House Holiday Cottages offer a unique break in Yorkshire. With the house itself sleeping 12 and the nearby stables sleeping a further four, this is perfect place to gather together a large group of family and friends. Make the most of the outdoors with a large enclosed garden, hot tub, barbecue and pizza oven at both holiday homes.
Brandesburton, Driffield YO25 8EP
In brief: A collection of cosy cottages promising a luxurious, off-grid escape for lovers of the outdoors.
Our highlight: The prime location in the middle of Northumberland National Park, where the landscape takes centre stage.
Insider guide: A luxury experience, Kidlandlee have a wide selection of beautiful holiday cottages that provide peace and tranquility. The stylish Leyland Barn offers guests a true off-grid experience but with every home comfort too. Painstakingly rebuilt using stone salvaged from the original site, the barn is powered by natural energy sources such as solar and wind power. Underfloor heating throughout warms the stone tiles while the living room also contains a cosy wood burning stove that can be fuelled with wood harvested from nearby forests. Sitting by the large picture window, guests can overlook a beautiful pond filled by a natural waterfall and spot deer, pheasants and red squirrels as they go about their daily business, or in the evening, star gaze under the vast night sky of the National Park.
Harbottle, Morpeth NE65 7DA
In brief: Luxurious self-catering holiday cottages with sea views.
Our highlight: Nearby Beadnell Bay is well known as one of the best places in the area for watersports such as surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and scuba diving.
Insider guide: Based in Beadnell, this collection of holiday cottages provides the perfect base to explore the many nearby castles and beaches. Sleeping between eight and 10 guests, Shepherds Cottage is the largest and is perfect for getting family and friends together. Hours will be spent in the games room, equipped with pool, snooker and table tennis tables, before heading out to the BBQ hut in the garden. With two other cottages on site, as well as two shepherd huts with hot tubs, you can gather 26 of your closest together in one place, and you can even bring your four-legged friend too.
Beadnell, Northumberland NE67 5AD
In brief: A beautiful one-bedroom cottage with plenty of charm.
Our highlight: The huge sandstone inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove.
Insider guide: The Host & Stay portfolio includes an incredible range of hand-selected holiday homes across the North East and Yorkshire, meaning there’s always a top-quality property within a short drive for anyone looking for to get away. Located in the picturesque village of Wall, near Hexham, Maggie’s is a stylish holiday home with everything you could need for a quiet getaway. The area is steeped in history with Hadrian’s Wall right on the doorstep and Hexham Abbey just a 10-minute drive away. Back at the cottage, make the most of a bright open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, before retiring to the comfortable king-size bed. Outside there is a lush green garden with outdoor furniture for enjoying morning coffees, as well as a lockable outhouse which has space for bikes and muddy walking boots alike.
WYNYARD HALL COTTAGES
In brief: Four cottage retreats within the Wynyard Estate.
Our highlight: Woodlands Cottage – a cosy home that cleverly infuses country style with a contemporary twist.
Insider guide: Surrounded by private parkland, these luxury cottage retreats are a great way to connect with nature. Sleeping up to six guests they provide the perfect getaway and whilst all four cottages have fully-equipped kitchens guests can still enjoy a meal at Wynyard Hall hotel’s restaurant, The Glass House, next door, and book into the estate’s spa for treatments. Each cottage also has a private hot tub, and they’re pet friendly too.
Wynyard, Billingham TS22 5NF
ILDERTON DOD BARNS
In brief: Converted farm cottages hidden away in the Cheviot Hills.
Our highlight: Located within the International Dark Sky Park, this is a great place to star gaze after a day of exploring.
Insider guide: Situated in the middle of an 1,800-acre working hill farm, there are two properties to choose from here: the Barn itself which, as the name suggests, is a converted barn sleeping up to eight; and Cuckoo Cottage, adjoined to the barn and formerly used as stables and kennels, which sleeps two. Both properties have log burners, central heating, double glazing, washing machines, drying areas, a TV (plus DVD player in the Barn) and large, powerful showers, while outside there is a partially divided garden with barbecues and an outdoor fire pit. There is a lockable bike shed for those who want to explore the area on two wheels – we recommend following the Sandstone Way cycle route – as well as many footpaths with the Cheviot and Hedgehope Hills within walking distance.
Ilderton, Wooler NE66 4JL