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Self-Catering Sanctuaries To Book Now For Spring
March 2022
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Whether you’re looking for a remote staycation with rustic charm, or grand country cottages with hot tubs to relax in

Here’s our pick of the perfect self-catering getaways.

In brief: Hand-selected premium holiday homes across Yorkshire.
Our highlight: The beautifully furnished, reasonably priced and utterly stylish lets with modern furnishings.
Insider guide: Host & Stay has an incredible range of reasonably priced premium quality cottages and an abundance of five-star customer reviews. Most impressively, Host & Stay covers the whole of North Yorkshire, meaning there’s always a beautiful property within a short drive for anyone looking for a wonderful weekend getaway. All of the properties available have been tested by the Host & Stay team, meaning they’ve had the premium stamp of approval so you can rest easy.
Unit 3, 4 Birdwells Court, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Saltburn TS12 2LQ
01287 658171

In brief: Home comforts meet rustic charm in these ultra-luxurious country glamping pods.
Our highlight: Intimate and cosy – the design of these pods are perfectly snug for couples or a family weekend away.
Insider guide: With each pod having space for four guests, these pods are perfect for couples or small families. Including all the modern amenities you’d expect – power shower, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, underfloor heating – but with the country charm of a traditional log cabin, the pods are dog friendly too. With an abundance of private green space, this 500-acre working farm comes with electric hook-ups for caravans and campers, meaning you can be fully prepped to charge up and go forth on an adventure in the Northumberland hills.
Doxford Farm, Chathill, Northumberland
NE67 5DY
07773 714482

In brief: A terrifyingly beautiful collection of eight self-catered holiday lets situated in the UK’s most haunted 13th century castle.
Our highlight: Living our ghost-busting fantasy in a medieval castle.
Insider guide: Chillingham Castle has eight available suites that take advantage of the authentic 13th century architecture – ranging from high-beamed guest apartments within the original sleeping quarters of the castle’s relief watchmen, to an apartment in the old lookout tower, a fortified and stylish retreat. The grounds of the castle are also free to explore, and the castle has its own Torture Chamber and spooky ghost tours. Once you’re well rested from sleeping amongst the stylish antique decor, take a stroll through the beautiful castle gardens – designed by Sir Jeffry Wyatville, the man responsible for remodelling Windsor Castle.
Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NJ
01668 215359

In brief: Centred in a woodland expanse of private parkland, Wynyard Hall has six self-catered cottages to choose from.
Our highlight: A short walk from your cottage there’s a grand spa retreat.
Insider guide: Six secluded and tranquil cottages are yours for the taking at Wynyard Hall, all just as luxurious as the last, but with enough subtle stylistic differences to make each one feel bespoke. Each cottage sleeps up to six guests, and all come with their own hot tub. Spa treatments on offer include a range of facials, massages and infusions. Additionally, guests can have a bite to eat from the bespoke lunch menu in the spa conservatory. Although the cottages are self-catered, guests are more than welcome to dine at The Glass House, where the menu celebrates home-grown produce from the Wynyard estate.
Wynyard, Billingham TS22 5NF
01740 644811

Bracken Hall House Bracken Hall House

In brief: Sleeping a maximum of 12 guests across five ensuite rooms, Bracken Hall House is the ideal self-catered home-from-home for big get-togethers.
Our highlight: The ‘best of both worlds’ service which you can book in advance – adding an extra bit of luxury in the form of freshly cooked breakfasts.
Insider guide: A multi-award winning property facing directly onto Shipley Glen, this stunning house has been renovated with five luxurious ensuite rooms, sleeping 12 in total. Calming and spacious, it has both a residents’ lounge and a south-facing garden perfect for watching the world silently drift by. All five bedrooms come fully equipped with smart TVs and wifi, as well as Hypnos mattresses so you can sleep soundly in your plush room. Nearby you have the Victorian Tramway, Baildon Village, and the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, and Bracken Hall House is also within easy reach of major cities such as Leeds and York.
Glen Road, Baildon, Shipley BD17 5EA
07932 750715

In brief: A collection of incredibly stylish holiday homes scattered around picturesque Northumberland.
Our highlight: The incredible range to choose from, with many dog-friendly properties and a great virtual tour service to help you pick the perfect escape.
Insider guide: Family-run since 1998, Coquet Cottages have more than 140 privately owned luxury lets. From the coast to the countryside, Coquet Cottages covers the entirety of the North East, taking personal care to make sure every property is as perfect as the last with an incredible reputation for great customer service. Their close-knit local team are happy to answer any regional questions, drawing from their personal knowledge to find you a property in a little corner of Northumberland you’re sure to fall in love with.
Warkworth, Northumberland NE65 0XQ
01665 710 700

West Hall Glamping West Hall Glamping

In brief: A collection of 10 wigwams and four luxury countryside cottages in Northumberland.
Our highlight: A great family-friendly place, Northside Farm enjoys a wonderful location ideal for the avid twitcher or wildlife fanatic keen to spot red kites, buzzards, curlews and skylarks.
Insider guide: The wigwams here are charmingly named after fruits, and there are fruit trees planted around each one. They all include electricity, fridge, kettle and microwave, a decking area and fire pit and are designed for full wheelchair access. The Stable has laundry and washing facilities and four family-sized bathrooms. If wigwams aren’t your thing, there’s also The Fairy Tale cottages – custom-built cottages with underfloor heating throughout, a fully fitted kitchen and shower room. Incredibly cosy, the cottages are also more private than the wigwams, with a patio area and secluded garden space.
Horsley, Newcastle NE15 OLZ
07904 119327

In brief: Luxurious glamping with personal hot tubs, ideal for a family staycation that washes away the stresses of life.
Our highlight: Not only is West Hall Glamping a wonderful family or couples retreat, but their extremely flexible transport service provides a luxury transfer from Durham station to West Hall in eight minutes for a small fee.
Insider guide: Glamping has never seemed so natural with these six glamping cabins that share names with the woodland creatures you’re surrounded by. Whether you’re slumbering in the Badger Lodge, Hare Lodge, Deer Lodge, or others, you’re treated to a personal hot tub and cosy wood-finished interiors. These spacious lodges are situated within wonderful green spaces, yet near the historic city of Durham, just a 20-minute drive to Newcastle and close to attractions such as Beamish Museum and Diggerland. With a communal playground and a local shop attached to West Hall’s grounds, children will feel right at home.
Noburn Lane, Witton Gilbert DH7 6TS
07879 101497

In brief: Luxury self-catering lodges in the Peak District which won gold in the Visit England Awards for Excellence.
Our highlight: The spa lodges, which add an extra level of pampering for guests.
Insider guide: Sleeping up to eight people, these self-catered lodges are perfect for everything from romantic retreats to full-on family breaks. All lodges come with private outdoor verandas, and the spa lodges include a personal hot tub. Totalling eight different kinds of lodges in a 47 acre expanse, there are fantastic on-site facilities such as the Evolution Health & Fitness club – with a pool, spa, gym, beauty rooms, indoor play areas for the little ones, and a children’s activity den. There’s also the quaint Explorers Café, a lovely spot to grab a hot drink and a bite, or find something more substantial in the Foresters Bar and Restaurant which serves a range of fresh dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.
Darley Moor, Two Dales, Matlock DE4 5PL
01629 732428

In brief: Luxury shepherd huts slumbering in the rolling hills of the Northumberland countryside.
Our highlight: The blend of contemporary and traditional property aesthetics, such as crisp Egyptian sheets, power showers, and reclaimed wood furnishings with wool insulation.
Insider guide: In total there are five hillside huts in various sizes and styles, including an ultra modern two-storey hut and a more traditional hut complete with a stove. All the huts are spaced far apart, giving them a private and isolated feel – perfect for a secluded getaway. Food is also on offer for those who want to skip the hassle of rustling up their own, with breakfast baskets, home cooked meals, and a range of sweet desserts available.
Prendwick Farm, Alnwick NE66 4UZ
01669 630273

Whittle Dene Reservoir House Whittle Dene Reservoir House

In brief: A uniquely beautiful Grade-II listed building, originally constructed in 1848.
Our highlight: Tranquil reservoir waters make for wonderful views out of the architecturally breathtaking octagonal tower.
Insider guide: Built by architect John Dobson, Whittle Dene Reservoir House has uninterrupted views of the water from all windows. Built in a Tudor style, with a two-storey octagonal tower, this property offers a unique stay. Chock full of useful touches such as a Nespresso coffee machine, this property is as practical as it is grand. There’s a snug with a games console perfect for the kids, kitchen views of the reservoir, and three great sized bedrooms – ideal for families, and it’s pet-friendly, with room for two furry guests.
Stamfordham, Northumberland NE18 OLH
0345 498 6900

In brief: A superb selection of holiday cottages along the Heritage Coastline from Bamburgh to Amble, and within the wonderful Northumberland National Park and Cheviot Hills.
Our highlight: The hand-picked selection of cottages, such as Farne Nook in Seahouses complete with an artful spiral staircase and beachside views.
Insider guide: Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages are standing by ready to advise guests on an expansive range of coastal and countryside properties across the region. Also equipped with expert advice on local eating spots and activities, expert tips and tricks are shared freely to help you find the stay that’s best suited to your perfect getaway, from dog-friendly cottages to ultra-luxurious couple’s retreats.
Riverbank Road, Alnmouth NE66 2RH
01665 380783

Sycamore Cottage, Cottage Escapes Sycamore Cottage, Cottage Escapes

In brief: A hub for a huge selection of self-catered lodges across the whole of picturesque Yorkshire.
Our highlight: The gorgeous selection of historic properties, such as the Old School House in Bainbridge, built in 1875.
Insider guide: Inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, Beautiful Escapes excel at finding the most stunning Yorkshire properties for luxury stays. A personal favourite, the Old School House in Bainbridge, is a lovingly refurbished century-old cottage. It boasts fantastic views of the village green opposite, four bedrooms with one ensuite, and sleeps up to seven guests. We can’t think of anything better than warming up by the log burner and taking the dog for a stroll through the traditional picturesque Yorkshire village.
North Yorkshire
01642 711165

In brief: Find the perfect place to get away from it all in these luxury self-catered cottages in the Lake District, or on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast.
Our highlight: The delightful Sycamore Cottage with its exposed wooden beams and wonderfully plush interiors.
Insider guide: This collection of beautiful country cottages are all four star or more, letting you sleep easy knowing that Cottage Escapes’ cottages are utterly premium. Sycamore Cottage is an ideal property for large gatherings, formerly a threshing barn and grain store but now converted into a luscious five-bedroom luxury let. Also housing up to two pets, Sycamore Cottage is the perfect location to bring your dogs for an adventure around the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast. Coming with a private hot tub and enclosed stone terrace, this cottage is the ideal place to unwind and recharge your batteries.
Waite Lane, Scarborough YO13 0DR
01723 871782

In brief: A portfolio of 12 luxury self-catering properties on a 400-acre working farm.
Our highlight: Wheatlands Cottage with its huge sociable living room complete with wood burning stove, and a beautiful sun room with panoramic views and bifold doors leading to the private patio area.
Insider guide: All of the properties here are four- or five-star gold rated and designed with comfort in mind. They offer a variety of styles, from cosy cottages perfect for two, to family-friendly cottages for four guests, and larger houses sleeping up to eight guests, as well as two wheelchair-accessible cottages. The cottages offer huge comfy beds, cosy living rooms and are stylishly furnished throughout. This family-run business is located on a working farm just a short drive from the beautiful Northumberland coast and countryside near the vibrant city of Newcastle. The farm is surrounded by open fields and footpaths just made for exploring, and the views take in the brooding Cheviot Hills in the distance. They are dog friendly too, with lots of scenic walking routes straight from your doorstep.
Burradon Road, Cramlington NE23 7ND
0191 447 4616

Chesters Stables Chesters Stables

In brief: A collection of cosy cottages promising a blissful escape for lovers of the outdoors.
Our highlight: The prime location in the middle of Northumberland National Park is ideal for those with an outdoorsy, off-grid disposition.
Insider guide: A luxury experience, Kidlandee have a wide selection of beautiful holiday cottages and barn conversions that offer peace and tranquility where the landscape takes centre stage. Lets such as Chaffinch Cottage feel at one with nature – stone-built and powered by natural energy sources such as solar and wind power. The living room contains a cosy log fire that can be fuelled with wood harvested from nearby forests. Both bedrooms are filled with calming greys and whites, with luxurious toiletries stocked in the bathrooms. Outdoors, the ever-changing light bathes the hillside in colour across the horizon, as breathtaking as it is inspiring. In the evening, this beautiful countryside hue is replaced by darkness perfect for a spot of star-gazing – making the most of the brilliant, unpolluted and clear night sky.
Harbottle, Morpeth NE65 7DA
01669 650472

In brief: These beautifully renovated self-catered suites come complete with handmade kitchens, marble bathrooms and a boutique hotel on the doorstep.
Our highlight: The four-bedroom Clock Tower suite, with contemporary commissioned artwork and free-standing fireplace located beneath the original clocktower.
Insider guide: Chesters Stables is a collection of seven incredibly luxurious suites, all with their own design aesthetic. From the stable-themed Stallion suite, to the blacksmith-inspired Smithy, all ooze charm and character combined with seriously luxurious living. If you want self-catered independence without the need to cook – don’t worry, next door Walwick Hall has you covered. A delicious range of meals can be delivered to your doorstep, cutting the need for stocking up on food. Chester Stables is completely pet friendly, so bring your four-legged friends to make the most of the beautiful Northumbrian countryside.
Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 4EU
01434 620156

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