Steeped in history, the Yorkshire village of Crayke was named in the Domesday Book. Today, it’s known for its award-winning gastropub The Durham Ox, where you can linger over a pint of cask ale while you pick up the keys to your lovely bolthole. Ivy Cottage is the latest venture of Michael and Sasha, the pub’s charming owners, and their experience of hospitality shines through as soon as you step through the door. The cottage is part of a pretty 19th-century terrace on the village’s main street and has been beautifully restored. Comfy sofas and chairs surround an open fire in the homely sitting room, while light floods through big velux windows into an airy kitchen with a farmhouse table for six. French doors open on to a neat garden where you can sip a glass of wine as the sun goes down. Sleep beneath old, vaulted beams at the top of the house, or in two bright rooms with finely dressed beds on the first floor. Spotless modern bathrooms are stocked with fragrant L’Occitane products. Hire a mountain bike or put on your hiking boots to explore the fabulous countryside and ancient sights around the Vale of York.