Chris and Clare own and run a Swiss ski chalet and their traditional farmhouse has the same vibe: friendly, communal, open-house. It’s set in two acres of gardens at the centre of a 100-acre estate enclosed by ancient oak woodland.
Foodies will thrive: tea and cake in the garden or next to the log fire when you arrive; packed lunches for day trips; lavish picnics. Weekend dinners include local game, fish from Whitby, cider from the monks at Ampleforth. Sleep well in stylish rooms: the airy Garden Room, the Pigeon Loft with its double-ended bath, the sleekly simple Potting Shed that’s tucked in the garden and has its own kitchen.
You’re in the heart of the North York Moors with hikes and bike trails galore; the nearest pub is a ten-minute walk, Whitby and the coast are close. Take the steam train from the village to Whitby or Pickering, explore the spectacular coastline. You can pre-book a star gazing session with an expert astronomer.