These Yorkshire escapes are the perfect base for exploring, but that’s not the only reason to go…
Want to squeeze in one last break before the year is out? Make it count with these surprisingly different escapes. You could rest your head in a converted train carriage, fall asleep to the gentle rocking of the canal or detach from the outside world in an eco-retreat that feels a million miles from the city. Next time you need to get away, try one of these handpicked holidays because they’re as amazing as they are unusual.
A quirky & compact family holiday
In the gorgeous grounds of Burton Constable Hall, surrounded by 200 acres of rolling countryside, lies a must-visit holiday park. They have traditional camping here, with space for both tents and caravans, but why not treat yourself to something a little more luxurious, in the form of their glamping pods?
There are three for you to choose from. Their Standard pods come unfurnished for the full camping experience (except you get heating, electrical sockets and that all-important TV). Want more luxury? No problem. The Deluxe Pod comes with a four poster bed, bunkbeds and a mini kitchen-diner, while the Super-Deluxe Pods even have their own toilets. Whichever you choose, your pocket-sized base will put you wonderfully close to the playground, fishing lake, Woodland Store and Lakeside Bar, not to mention the glorious East Yorkshire countryside.
Burton Constable Holiday Park, The Old Lodges, Park Road, Sproatley, East Yorkshire, HU11 4PJ.
An eco-friendly woodland retreat
Jollydays is a holiday camp that really lives up to its name. 200 acres of woodlands surround their bothies and huts, creating a sense of escape that’s rarely found in the modern day. It’s designed to be a real getaway, a chance to turn off your phone and get back to nature, so expect campfires, forest bathing and wildlife aplenty.
Their woodland bothies are akin to a natural Tardis. Wood-panelled walls give way to sumptuous surrounds with ornate fireplaces, artfully painted murals and claw foot baths. They come with two bedrooms and a sofa bed, as well as a private veranda complete with a barbecue and picnic bench. Alternatively, try one of their Woodcutters Huts – they’re smaller and cosier, but just as good. There’s a communal tea tent, open 24/7 with those all-important charging points, as well as a wood store, a shop and a forest-inspired kitchen-bar.
Jollydays, Sunley Hill, Muscoates Lane, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1AP.
A houseboat on Victoria Quays
How’s this for something different? You can hire a houseboat that’s permanently moored on Victoria Quays in Sheffield. It’s a fun alternative to a hotel room, just minutes from the bright lights of the city. Plus, you can hop off the boat and straight onto the Five Weirs Walk, which promises nature and wildlife in equal measure.
Houseboat Hotels have a pair of spacious 42-foot long, 10-foot wide boats that have been transformed into floating apartments with all the mod cons. You’ll have your own double bedroom with a flat-screen TV, as well as a kitchen-diner, kitted out with everything you need to cook up a storm. The bathroom includes a full-sized shower, the dinette converts into another double bed and the bow of the boat offers a space to look out over the water, with a canopy in case it rains. You can even add a Full English or Continental breakfast, ready to cook in the fridge.
Houseboat Hotels, Victoria Quays, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 5SY.
A lakeside escape you won’t soon forget
21 luxury lakeside lodges in a wonderfully serene location – that’s what awaits you at Brompton Lakes. It’s a peaceful, secluded spot, neatly wedged between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, which means you’ve got oodles of adventures right on your doorstep. Assuming you can tear yourself away, that is.
Most of their lodges hold six people, with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious living area. Private terraces look out over the water, so you can watch the wildlife as you enjoy your morning coffee. Geese, swans, herons and even kingfishers call Brompton Lakes home. Wood-burning stoves chase away the heat on chilly evenings and hot tubs come with selected lodges for added luxury. Want to get out? Go for a walk, play tennis or have a game of boules on-site before heading to nearby Richmond for a proper pub dinner.
Brompton Lakes, Easby Mews, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7EJ.
A holiday in a converted train carriage
Now this is something worth writing home about! In an idyllic Yorkshire location, right next to the Skipwith Common Nature Reserve, Skipwith Station offers a getaway with a difference. They’ve transformed three vintage train carriages into luxury accommodation at the former Derwent Valley Railway and converted the loading bay into a modern hideaway.
Although they’ve maintained the character of each carriage, they’ve all been refitted and redesigned to create a unique living space. Each one holds four – but the layout varies. The Lady Deramore Carriage has a double and a twin, while the Derwent Flyer Carriage and the Derwent Mail Carriage swap the twins for kids’ bunkbeds. They all have open-plan living spaces that look out on the countryside and a decked platform for sunny summer days. And if you choose to stay in Blackberry Halt, the old loading bay, you’ll be treated to your own private hot tub.
Skipwith Station Holidays, York Road, North Duffield, North Yorkshire, YO8 5DE.