In brief: A rustic honey-stone converted cottage in the pretty Tynedale countryside.
Our highlight: The huge wood-burning stove that will keep you warm and toasty.
Insider guide: A beautifully renovated old barn, retaining many of its original features, including the original ‘hayloft’, which looks over the kitchen. The exposed wooden beams and stone, and contemporary kitchen and bathrooms, create a perfect mix of contemporary and tradition, while the wood-fired hot tub adds a touch of luxury.
Roses Bower, Great Whittington NE19 2HE
In brief: A coast meets country, six bedroom (and dog friendly) holiday cottage in the small village of Fenwick.
Our highlight: The hot-tub on the front deck – the perfect place for a spot of star gazing.
Insider guide: This newly-refurbished cottage has everything you need for either a relaxing getaway or action-packed trip. Curl up by the log fire whilst admiring the sea views, or embark on a walk or cycle to take in the best of the North East coast. When you return, gather around the giant dining table and refuel with a home-cooked feast.
Fenwick, Berwick TD15 2PQ
In brief: A cosy cottage for four in the pretty village of Seamer
Our highlight: A stay here means you’re just a few steps away from a whole host of award-winning food at The Copper Horse Restaurant
Insider guide: One of nine cottages at The Copper Horse, expect stylish décor and immaculate furnishing, with many special touches that will make your visit a special one: make the most of your own private patio and garden, complete with barbecue, and (of course) their large comfy beds, plump pillows and body hugging duvets – need we say more?
Seamer, Scarborough YO12 4PS
Low Bowkerstead Cottage
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
In brief: A stunning luxury home in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our highlight: It’s wow-factor reception rooms that will make you never want to leave.
Insider guide: Brass Castle is a fabulous renovated farmhouse sleeping 12, with beautiful design-led interiors that offer a contemporary 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, the sun-filled conservatory, where you’ll find uninterrupted views of the garden and Dales beyond.
Norwood, Otley LS21 2QU
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
In brief: A peaceful cottage in the heart of Lucker
Our highlight: Diving in with a free swim pass for nearby Beau Monde Leisure
Insider guide: Having undergone a stunning refurbishment, this cosy one-bedroom studio cottage is the perfect answer for those looking to enjoy a tranquil breakaway. Or, with a location just three miles from Bamburgh, a base to enjoy exploring the wonderful Northumberland coastline.
Lucker, Northumberland NE70 7JQ