What it is: A 30-acre country estate for your own private use.
Highlight: The Folly and its beautiful modern-rustic architecture.
Choose from the opulent grandeur of the Hall itself for large parties, or the more intimate settings of properties such as The Coach House, with its original flagged stone floor and expansive kitchen. Whether you want a family getaway, or are hoping to entertain your friends while away from home, Middleton Hall has the right property for you.
Middleton Hall, Middleton, Belford NE70 7LF
01668 219677 www.exploremiddletonhall.co.uk
Studford Luxury Lodges
What it is: Expertly engineered tree-houses in the secluded serenity of the North York Moors.
Highlight: The inbuilt saunas to soothe any stress.
With the forest canopy as your cover, the ceiling-high glass doors of these lodges allow light to pour through the wooden structures without any sense of exposure. Each lodge has its own spacious terrace, adorned with a hot tub and an electric barbecue for summer. The lodges are as equally prepared for those cooler nights, with underfloor heating a particularly welcome feature.
High Street, Near Ampleforth
YO62 5EL 01439 788991
York City Lets
What it is: A flexible York-based letting agency.
Highlight: The seemingly endless range of properties on offer.
Embrace comfortable city living with fully-furnished and luxurious lets in the heart of York. As York City Lets is a constituent of Countrywide plc, it boasts a fabulous network of landlords to ensure that you can secure your desired location, whether for short stays or long durations. It offers the choice of Airbnb, but with a greater sense of efficiency, professionalism, and safety for those considering a stay in York.
8 Fossbridge House, Walmgate YO1 9SY
01904 652729 www.cityletsyork.co.uk
The Tranquil Otter
What it is: A private nature reserve with eight lakeside log cabins.
Highlight: The abundance of wildlife – you’ll be on first name terms with the swans.
Each five-star lodge has its own hot tub where you can watch the stars while listening to the water. Penrith is easily accessible by train and car and there’s plenty of exploring to be done if you want to leave your watery sanctuary. After all, if the Lake District was good enough for Wordsworth, it’s good enough for us.
The Lough, Thurstonfield CA5 6HB
01228 576661 www.thetranquilotter.co.uk
The Knight Residence
What it is: Serviced apartments in the centre of Edinburgh.
Highlight: The specially-made bed linen to help you sleep soundly.
The benefits of serviced apartments over standard hotels are numerous: you can cook what you want, and relax as if at home rather than being cramped into a small hotel room. These Edinburgh apartments come in one, two and three bedroom versions, and are fitted with DVD players and large televisions.
12 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ
0800 304 7160 www.bymansley.com
Greystead Old Church
What it is: A 19th century, Grade II-listed rectory in Northumberland National Park.
Highlight: The expansive grounds, complete with an all-weather tennis court.
This five-star church conversion has got all sorts going for it. The Georgian panelling and the Victorian tiles are just one part of the building’s intricately-detailed decor. A well-fitted kitchen, with a central island and granite work surface, accompanies a mezzanine living area with superb views of the North Tyne Valley.
Greystead Rectory, Tarset,
Hexham NE48 1LE
What it is: Three light and airy holiday apartments near the banks of the Foss.
Highlight: The tray, set for afternoon tea, you’ll find on your arrival.
These bright and modern spaces in the centre of York are the perfect place to stay when looking for a more private experience without turning down sheets at night or room service. With comfortable beds, well-appointed kitchens and large living areas, Monkbridge Court is a home away from home.
Monkbridge Court, York YO31 7PA
01759 377579 www.monkbridge.co.uk