Unique Breaks for Spring | Living North

Unique Breaks for Spring


From 18th century mansions to medieval mills, creative retreats to luxury lodges, each of these destinations promise a truly unique breakaway

Battlesteads Hotel, Restaurant & Observatory
The only hotel in the UK with its own on-site Dark Sky Observatory, Battlesteads offers unforgettable experiences, exceptional dining and the warmest of welcomes. Not only does the hotel offer home-grown and locally-sourced cuisine, as well as a mix of cosy bedrooms and luxury eco lodges, but it’s also one of the most sustainable hotels in the country with outstanding green credentials. Spend a night discovering the magic of the stars, enjoy an eight-course taste of Northumberland, or sample local ales at the bar – Battlesteads has it all.
Wark on Tyne, near Hexham, Northumberland NE48 3LS
01434 230209 www.battlesteads.com

Rockliffe Hall 
A hidden gem in the North East, Rockliffe Hall is a five-star luxury hotel which stands out from the crowd with its award-winning spa, state-of-the-art Technogym and 18-hole championship golf course, not to mention their wide range of dining options – including exceptional dishes in the four-AA Rosette Orangery. Set in the quiet village of Hurworth, Rockliffe’s location is perfect for discovering the treasures of Durham, the drama of the North East coastline and the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire moors. Or, with five-star leisure facilities at your fingertips, forget the outside world and enjoy everything that this country retreat has to offer. 
Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU
01325 729999 www.rockliffehall.com

Wild Harvest Tipis and Activities 
If you’re in need of some quality ‘you’ time and want to get creative with your breakaway this year, why not try a crafts retreat? Hosting workshop-led stays, Wild Harvest Tipis are perfect for those looking to get hands-on this spring. Learn everything from how to make your own leather journal to weaving baskets; discover the art of natural beekeeping, wild medicine and permaculture gardening, create fire through friction, and have a go at instinctive archery; forage for wild greens, churn your own butter and cheese, partake in some meditative yoga, or let the world melt away with massages, reflexology or a long soak in the wood-fired hot tub. 
Langrickgate Lane, East Cottingwith YO42 4TA
07561 862507 www.wildharvest.org

Raithwaite Estate 
Raithwaite Estate is a coastal retreat nestled upon the picturesque Yorkshire coastline, comprising of two hotels, a collection of quaint stone cottages, an ultra-exclusive Lake House and a tranquil spa. Covering around 100 glorious acres, the Estate has The Hall at its centre: a hotel with 45 bedrooms, leisure and spa facilities, and the Poachers Bar – a dining area which serves light lunches, afternoon tea and signature cocktails. You’ll find French classics made with local ingredients in The Brasserie, while in the Estate’s castle-styled hotel, The Keep – which has 28 exquisite bedrooms to choose from – you’ll also find Hunters Lounge, a more relaxed restaurant serving delicious comfort food. Perfect for a relaxing break, a unique couples retreat, or just for quality time away from the city.
Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3ST
01947 661661 www.raithwaiteestate.com

The Coach House 
Originally the building that housed the coaches that served at the nearby Otterburn Hall – a country retreat built in 1870 for Lord James Douglas – The Coach House is a beautiful Grade II-listed hotel, set amidst a stunning deer park and woodland. Take a stroll through the forest, past the two tranquil lakes (complete with waterfall) and reconnect with the natural world around you, before relaxing in one of their 14 stylish rooms. Best of all, you can keep your strength up with a selection of creative dishes (which use some of the finest, locally-sourced ingredients around) in the hotel’s sumptuous restaurant. 
Otterburn, Northumberland NE19 1HE
01830 520803 www.coachhouseotterburn.co.uk

The ‘Mill of Carfrae’ was first mentioned in ancient documents towards the end of the 12th century, and has been a place that has brought people together ever since. Now an independent rural inn nestled into the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, Carfraemill is perfectly positioned for visitors looking to include a day trip to the Scottish capital – with Edinburgh only a 40-minute drive away. Choose from 10 cosy country lodge rooms, all individually designed, to make your stay here feel like a luxury home away from home; you’ll even be treated to some of their famous homemade shortbread. Carfraemill also has an award-winning restaurant to its name, with chefs who work with local producers to serve up exceptional food day in, day out. 
Lauder, Scotland TD2 6RA
01578 750750 www.carfraemill.co.uk

Crab Manor Hotel
Imagine being invited on a tour of the world's most famous luxury hotels, without ever having to grapple with the tiniest bit of jet-lag. That’s what the delightfully eccentric Crab Manor Hotel offers its visitors. From Bora Bora to Cape Town, going back in time to an 18th century English Georgian manor or escaping it all in a Scandinavian pine cabin, Crab Manor promises to take you to the most exotic of destinations without ever having to leave North Yorkshire, with each of their 20 rooms uniquely decorated with a myriad of artefacts and antiques. Best of all, an equally adventurous gourmet experience awaits in their restaurant, The Crab and Lobster, which serves fresh seafood prepared with style.
Dishforth Road, Asenby, Thirsk YO7 3QL
01845 577286 www.crabandlobster.co.uk

Darwin Forest Luxury Lodges
Set within a woodland paradise of 47 acres in the Derbyshire Peak District, Darwin Forest Luxury Lodges are perfect for an action-packed family holiday with a difference. With each lodge sleeping up to eight, you can work up a sweat in the Activity Den – with archery, tennis, mini golf, BodyZorbing, fencing and pool on offer – before relaxing in the on-site facilities that include a pool, gym, steam room and sauna. To really indulge, why not book a spa lodge? These include an outdoor hot tub on your veranda, where you can sink into the warm bubbles, look up into the night sky and let the stress of everyday life drift away.
Darwin Forest Country Park, Matlock DE4 5PL
01629 732428 www.darwinforest.co.uk

The Swinton Estate
For a different experience of North Yorkshire, why not opt for the majestic, Grade II-listed Swinton Park Hotel, where you can enjoy a traditional yet informal stately home experience with 21st-century amenities at your fingertips? Rooms are lavishly furnished with antiques and family portraits, and there’s a state-of-the-art Country Club & Spa here, complete with pool, sauna, heat-rooms and gym – alongside a variety of other pursuits, including the Cookery School and Bivouac. Swinton Bivouac is made up of charmingly unique, hand-built Tree Lodges (which sleep up to seven guests) and Meadow Yurts (each with wood-burner, outdoor hot tub and rustic furniture, for up to five) – perfect for lovers of the great outdoors.
Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH
01765 680900 www.swintonestate.com 

The Grand Hotel and Spa
As the iconic former York railway headquarters, the opulent Grand Hotel and Spa is the perfect setting for a little extra luxury. Originally built in 1906, the hotel boasts 107 tastefully classic bedrooms and 13 luxurious suites. Their Heritage, Grand Heritage and Penthouse suites offer a particularly lavish experience – exuding old world charm and with their own exclusive lounge, while giving breathtaking views of the Minster. Housed in the building’s atmospheric former vaults, the spa offers an abundance of indulgent treatments, as well as a Nordic dry sauna, pool and aromatic steam room. Don’t forget to enjoy a drink in the 1906 cocktail bar before sampling some intimate fine dining in the three-AA Rosette winning restaurant, Hudsons. 
Station Rise, York YO1 6GD
01904 898764 www.thegrandyork.co.uk

Oulton Hall Hotel & Spa
This magnificent 18th century mansion is sure to transport you into a world of elegance, grace and grandeur. Set within 300 acres of landscaped gardens, Oulton Hall Hotel & Spa is steeped in history: the portraits and statues adorning the hotel and grounds promising to take you on a journey through the home of one of Yorkshire’s most prominent families. Offering a 27-hole golf course (beautifully maintained and preened to perfection), a spa for splendid serenity, decadent and downright delicious dining in their AA-Rosette winning restaurant and, at the end of the day, more than a fair chance at getting a delightfully deep sleep in one of their beautiful bedrooms, there’s really nothing not to love here.  
Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN 
0113 282 1000 www.oultonhallhotel.co.uk

Published in: April 2019

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