Lovely to return from a yomp on the moors or a day in the fine city of York to elegance and comfort in the shape of a beautifully restored apple barn. Adjoining Sarah and Ian’s cottage opposite the 12th-century village church, the barn is hugged by pretty gardens where you can stroll amid the fruit trees or rest on the patio with a cold beer and birdsong. In winter, cosy up by the wood-burner in a light, airy sitting room whose oak floors and rugs lend a sophisticated feel. Even cosier: a king-size bed in soft feather and silk, tucked under massive vaulted beams. The place has real personality, with local art, books and quirky details like a ‘Samuel Smith’ pub sign on the kitchen wall. But most of the time you’ll be in the great outdoors. You’re just south of the North York Moors, overlooking the Vale of York and Howardian Hills AONB, caught in a wonderful tangled web of walking and biking trails. There’s a pub in the village, more in cobbled Easingwold, even more in York, a 30-minute bus ride away. Catch the sea breeze in Whitby and Scarborough or pop to Thirsk, land of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small.