In brief: A luxurious six bedroom lodge perched on the waterside at Brompton Lake.
Insider guide: The latest addition to Brompton Lakes’ luxury lodges, Twenty One is an impressive destination to bring family and friends (including your four-legged ones) together. Recently transformed and extended, aside from six luxury bedrooms, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors spanning the property from which to admire the views out on to the lake, and there are plenty of little luxuries too – think under-floor heating and (of course) a dedicated wine cooler.
Our highlight: The private patio with a wood-fired hot tub and Scandinavian-style barbecue house.
Brompton Lakes, Easby DL10 7EJ, 01748 850333 www.holidayathome.co.uk
In brief: An exquisite, nine bedroom, converted Victorian farmhouse on the outskirts of Richmond
Insider Guide: Complete with elegant and original period features.This former home to Earl and Countess of Ronaldshay exudes country charm – you’ll find antique furniture, flagstone flooring and impressive artwork at the turn of every corner. Though you’ll find plenty of modern luxuries too, escape to the games room to discover the latest sound systems, and gadgets.
Our highlight: The Drawing Room, the perfect spot to enjoy a night-cap – but be warned, once you’ve settled by the large open fire you’ll struggle to be drawn away.
Richmond DL10 5HX, 01642 263249 www.gorgeouscottages.com
In brief: A welcoming, family-run B&B set in a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse.
Insider guide: All four of the bedrooms at Cordeilleras House retain their historic character while offering a comfy and relaxing base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. You’ll find plenty of modern touches, like large screen TVs, luxury toiletries and fluffy towels, and close by is Richmond’s historic market place, with a range of independent shops and restaurants. But if you don’t feel like heading out, you could enjoy the exclusive use of the hot tub in the enclosed courtyard.
Our highlight: The bed with pocket-sprung mattresses and crisp Egyptian cotton bedding – perfect for a sound night sleep.
Richmond DL10 4AR 01748 824628 www.cordillerashouse.co.uk
In brief: A traditional, cosy farmhouse sleeping five.
Insider guide: On the doorstep of the pretty village of Wensleydale, West Cottage is a unique and homely cottage with spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. Crammed with character, the cottage retains many of its original features, including oak floors, fireplaces and pretty panelled windows. You’ll find plenty of spots to relax here – whether it’s curled up in in one of the three bedrooms, by the fire in one of the two characterful sitting rooms, on the terrace taking in the views, or cooking up a storm in the farm-house style kitchen.
Our highlight: There’s no shortage on detail at West Cottage; the fine artwork and traditional memorabilia combine the very essence of an early Dales farm house with all the modern comforts you need.
Thornton Rust, Leyburn DL8 3AP, 01969 663559 www.countryhideaways.co.uk
In brief: A selection of luxury lodges nestled in 47-acres of woodland.
Insider guide: Furnished to a high standard and set within a woodland paradise, Darwin Forest offers luxury lodges that sleep from two to eight guests. Choose a spacious Elite Lodge for open-plan living and wonderful views for the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding hills of the Peak District, picturesque villages and local attractions including Chatsworth House and Gardens.
Our highlight: Their Spa Lodge complete with outdoor hot tub – the perfect spot to unwind beneath the twinkling stars.
Matlock DE4 5PL, 01629 732428 www.darwinforest.co.uk
In brief: A 5 Star Gold Luxury Bed and Breakfast Guest House in the
heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Insider guide: The Old Town Hall sits ideally positioned between Leyburn and Aysgarth Falls, and provides a central base for those who wish to tour the Dales. With three large rooms offering seating areas to unwind, and one with a double spa bath and body jet shower, Temple Spa toiletries and complimentary truffles, it’s really not hard to see the luxury in this B&B.
Our highlight: The delightful homemade cakes, tea and coffee on arrival.
Redmire, Leyburn DL8 4ED, 01969 625641 www.theoldtownhall.co.uk
In brief: A woodland cabin, sleeping two, nestled into the heart of North Yorkshire’s Cropton Forest.
Insider guide: Offering simple luxury in the most picturesque location, Golden Oak is a perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend. Cosy up and while away a few hours beside the log-burner, head out onto your decking for a soak in the hot tub beneath the twinkling stars or explore the surrounding woodland meadow, it’s everything you need for a couple’s escape.
Our highlight: Wrapping up in their complimentary cosy robes after relaxing in the hot tub.
Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8ES, 03330 110 495 www.forestholidays.co.uk
In brief: A lovingly-restored, five bedroom farmhouse on a working family farm.
Insider guide: Just minutes from York, you’ll discover a home surrounded by open farmed countryside. Restored to the highest standards, expect a traditionally styled home with lots of modern touches. Relax beside the wood-burning stove, gather round the large dining table, seating 10, admire the panoramic views from the sun house, or even enjoy a tinkle on the house piano.
Our highlight: The spacious farmhouse kitchen at the heart of Clock Farm is destined to become the hub of the house.
York YO19 5LU, 01904 488317 www.clockfarmholidays.co.uk
In brief: A beautiful, secluded country house, with excellent private leisure facilities.
Insider guide: Set in the heart of picturesque Swaledale, The Old Vicarage is a stunning self-catering country home to make your own, with spacious grounds, its own private stretch of river and a football pitch and tennis court. Inside, you’ll find interesting antiques, fresh floral arrangements and beautiful original artwork. The house also boasts a large, fully-equipped gym, a 16-metre indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a steam room.
Our highlight: The wonderful welcome hamper, including eggs from the owner’s hens.
Marrick, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 7LH, 01748 884348 www.oldvicaragerichmond.co.uk
In brief: A collection of four cottages and a farmhouse, set on what was once Thirley Cotes Farm on the edge of the North York Moors
Insider guide: Grade II-listed Thirley Cotes Farm, which dates back to the 1830s, boasts stunning woodland views and a great location, with Whitby, Scarborough and a host of beautiful villages all a short drive away. The buildings themselves boast period features, such as the original trusses, interspersed with more modern touches, including an outdoor hot tub for every property. The farm is a great spot for walks, cycling and exploring the surrounding woodland – perfect for nature lovers who enjoy the great outdoors.
Our highlight: The play area, for children up to the age of 12, which means both kids and grown-ups can enjoy their holiday.
Harwood Dale, North Yorkshire YO13 0DR, 01723 871782 www.thirleycotesfarm.co.uk
In brief: 19 individually-designed luxury rooms spread over three central locations in Harrogate.
Insider guide: In one of Harrogate’s most sought after locations, on Duchy Road, you’ll find a beautifully-renovated grand Victorian house, offering five self-catering apartments all boasting original features, a large garden and terraces. Just a short stroll from the world-famous Betty’s Tea Rooms and the fashionable Montpellier Quarter, five more spacious apartments are set within a charming Tudor-style house, while the most central location is a three storey townhouse with nine apartments on Harrogate’s Kings Road.
Our highlight: The team on hand to offer local recommendations, providing you with the service and quality of a boutique hotel with the freedom of apartment living.
Duchy Road HG1 2EP, York Road HG1 2QL and Kings Road HG1 1BT, 01423 503 226 www.thelawrance.com