With many looking to stay at home this autumn, you can still find plenty of gorgeous getaways without stepping on a plane. What’s more, you won’t even need to cross county lines…
Hall in One
If you are looking for a place to yourself, plus ample room for your support bubble, then Grassfield Hall near Pateley Bridge in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales goes above and beyond. Set in three acres of picturesque grounds, it could be yours for a long weekend or midweek getaway.
There are eight beautifully individually styled double bedrooms and luxurious en suite bathrooms, providing a restful and luxurious pitstop for winding down after exploring the wonderful cycling and walking routes near Harrogate and Ripley and Grassington. There is even the option of using its on-site hot rub to really loosen those tired muscles (or to accompany a glass of prosecco or too!)
At around an eye-watering £800 a night, it is certainly not for a cheap, last-minute escape, but for a clean, spacious and memorable venue for creating family memories once more, Grassfield Hall is a grand choice.
Along for The Ride
Love cycling? Then why not stay in charming glamping pods set among landscaped gardens in gorgeous countryside just outside the historic city of York. Enjoy a great night’s sleep at York Holiday & Cycle Stop, a comfortable and peaceful accommodation in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.
The glamping site is less than two miles from National Cycle Network Route 66, and seven fantastic routes start right from its site, but’s not just for cycling enthusiasts! As the winner of Lateroom’s 2017 award for Best Countryside Hotel in UK, York Holiday & Cycle Stop is a warm and cosy stay whatever the weather or your planned activities.
Its glamping pods contain either two single beds or a king-sized, with a heating system, full insulation, an electric kettle and free Wi-Fi. What makes it extra suitable for a cycling party is that each pod comes with a cycle storage container and a cycle wash area. It’s the ideal start or end point for a riding holiday and is the only place to stay in the region that caters expertly to the needs of cyclists.
Resting in the heart of the thriving seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire lies the tastefully converted historic Grade II listed Engine Shed. This superb ground-floor apartment is a charming nod to the Harry Potter films – with the decor enjoying a striking red colour palette to commemorate the famous Hogwarts Express, which was depicted in the film series using the 5972 Olton Hall locomotive.
The Engine Shed has 11 apartments to choose from, but the Olton Hall suite, which accommodates up to five people, boasts contemporary styling with an open-plan living space combining a kitchen, living and dining area within the converted engine shed. Each apartment at The Engine Shed enjoys a unique interior design in order to reflect the famous train the apartment is named after.
For those arriving by car, there is undercover parking and even two electric car charging points – a rarity within this coastal location. Enjoying a central position within the seaside town of Whitby, this apartment is ideal for a family trip to the coast.
The superb location means that you a whalebone’s throw away from a selection of independent pubs, restaurants and cafés, as well as winding alleyways lined with quirky shops and quaint attractions. Such attractions (depending safety precautions and revised opening times) include the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, the Dracula Experience and of course, Whitby Abbey.
Part boutique hotel, part country manor house, The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is for those who are seeking to get away from it all this autumn. Located in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park in the market town of Helmsley, the hotel’s secluded location and AA Rosette award-winning dining, helps this hideaway ooze exclusivity for all who visit.
The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa provides a haven for people to retreat from the pressures of recent times and take some time to indulge their bodies and relax their minds. Named as one of Tatler’s 101 Spas of the World, the Verbena Spa relaxation lounge is defined by plump cushions, sofas you sink into, and views across the south facing terrace garden. Though its famed Heat Experiences such as the sauna are currently closed (at the time of writing – Sept 2020), with the bedrooms all given an extensive makeover during lockdown, and the jacuzzi and swimming pool now open for guests, there are still plenty of reasons to book a stay.