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6 places to stay in Northumberland and Yorkshire with Host & Stay

With luxury holiday homes in some of the best places to stay in Northumberland and Yorkshire, Host & Stay may well have saved your February half term holidays.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 08.02.2023

GRAHAM HOUSE

Where: Osmotherley, Northallerton

Sleeps: 8 guests

Dog-friendly: Yes 

The property: This four-bedroom holiday home exudes charm by the bucketload.

With a bright, welcoming open-plan kitchen and dining area that’s ideal for cooking up a storm during these February half term holidays, a cosy living room made for unwinding in after a day spent exploring the North Yorkshire countryside, and four stylish bedrooms (all with ensuites) that you’ll not be able to wait to sink into every night, Graham House will have your batteries recharged in no time.

The neighbourhood: Graham House is located in the beautiful village of Osmotherley on the western edge of the North York Moors.

The ideal base from which keen hikers can head out exploring, you’re not far from the ever-popular Cleveland Way National Trail and the Lyke Wake Walk here. For those with a greater disposition to retail therapy, local market towns Northallerton and Thirsk offer independent shops, weekly market stalls and plenty of cosy cafés to enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake.

Not that you’ll need to venture far from the village. Osmotherley itself provides a relaxing retreat from the stresses of everyday life. Enjoy traditional fish and chips, find one-of-a-kind trinkets in the village shop, discover the 14th century ruins of English Heritage’s Mount Grace Priory or challenge yourself to climb Roseberry Topping, all from your doorstep.

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SION HALL COTTAGE

Where: Alnwick 

Sleeps: 4 guests

Dog-friendly: Yes 

Property: Sion Hall Cottage is a beautifully decorated, two-bedroom terrace bolthole and is, certainly for families, one of the best places to stay in Northumberland these February half term holidays.

With a spacious living area that features an exposed stone wall, along with comfortable furnishings made for kicking back and relaxing in, you’ll not struggle to unwind as you soak up quality time with your loved ones here.

Modern kitchen appliances and a large dining room make self-catering a dream, with the two tranquil bedrooms upstairs, lined with plush bedding and premium linens, promising the best night’s sleep you’ve had in ages.

Neighbourhood: Perfectly placed for exploring Alnwick, you’ll find a wealth of independent shops, pubs and local amenities on your doorstep at Sion Hall Cottage.

The cobbled streets of this charming medieval town are lined with independent shops, cafés, country pubs and high-end restaurants – all making it undoubtedly one of the most charismatic places to stay in Northumberland.

If you fancy getting out of the centre, the entrance to The Alnwick Garden is just a short walk away – with 12 acres of magnificent gardens and the world’s largest treehouse restaurant just waiting to be explored.

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OXFORD HOUSE

Where: Harrogate

Sleeps: 4 guests

Dog-friendly: No

Property: This luxurious penthouse apartment is ideal for a girls’ getaway, with its rooftop terrace simply made for cocktails in the sun.

With a cushioned lounge and dining set up, as well as an electric BBQ grill, outdoor lighting and patio heating, the terrace may well be our favourite space in the property.

But, if clouds do gather, rest assured that you can hunker down in a plush living area with touch-start fireplace, cook up a storm in the kitchen-diner, relax in two welcoming sanctuaries of bedrooms and wash away your worries in either of the spa experience ensuite shower rooms.

Neighbourhood: One of the most popular places to stay in Yorkshire, Oxford House is perfectly placed for a relaxing retreat filled with shopping, eating and drinking.

Nothing in Harrogate is more than a 10-minute walk away, with a wealth of boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants just steps from your front door. Boasting striking historic buildings and lush gardens, this Victorian town is always a pleasure to peruse. Take a trip to the famous Turkish Baths, which have been perfecting the art of relaxation since 1897, or grab a cuppa and a slice of something nice at Betty’s Tea Room.

If shopping’s not your thing, step outside the town centre and you’ll find the Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep, just waiting to be explored. From the valleys to the peaks, you can enjoy long walks, cycling, rock climbing, mountain biking, abseiling and so much more during these February half term holidays.

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LANE’S END

Where: Knaresborough

Sleeps: 5 guests

Dog-friendly: Yes

Property: This modern, comfortable and well-appointed holiday home in a quiet neighbourhood is a dream staycation spot in which to recharge your batteries.

With a cosy feel throughout, the living room in Lane’s End is perhaps the most snug of all; a comfy corner sofa, flat-screen TV and a combination of bright and dark décor will make putting your feet up quite irresistible during the February half term holidays.

A fully enclosed garden, overlooked by trees, boasts a patio space and seating area in which to enjoy dinner al fresco when the sun shines. Upstairs, you’ll discover three spacious bedrooms with a light, homely aura to each that creates a real feeling of calm.

Neighbourhood: Nestled just a mile from the heart of Knaresborough, you’ll find a bustling marketplace, quaint cafés, independent shops and country pubs all on your doorstep at Lane’s End.

The spa and market town is also home to one of the oldest tourist attractions in England: Mother Shipton’s Cave. As you explore the stone staircases and medieval streets here, you can’t help but feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

At the bottom of the hill, you’ll discover a charming promenade where you can enjoy an ice cream or hire a rowing boat to explore the River Nidd, (further upstream are the best picnic spots).

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LITTLEBECK HOUSE @ BRIGGSWATH

Where: Whitby

Sleeps: 7 guests

Dog-friendly: Yes

Property: With a modern and fresh feel throughout, Littlebeck House promises one of the best places to stay in Whitby.

The open-plan living, kitchen and dining area benefits from ample seating and modern appliances, making it the ideal space in which to entertain your loved ones. Head outside and you’ll find a paved terrace leading to an enclosed, grassed garden, where children and four-legged friends can happily run off some steam.

The pièce de resistance here is arguably the tranquil, king-size room on the property’s second floor, complete with ensuite bathroom.

 

Neighbourhood: Lying in the Esk Valley, in the quaint village of Briggswath on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, just three miles from the centre of Whitby, you really do benefit from the best of all worlds at Littlebeck House.

The nearby seaside town’s medieval streets are dotted with boutiques, pubs and fish restaurants and are usually bustling with activity. There’s a blue flag beach to enjoy on warmer days, complete with idyllic beach huts and seaside arcades.

Climb the famous 199 steps up to the Church of Saint Mary and enjoy an unrivalled view of the coastline, before visiting the ruined Whitby Abbey: the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece, Dracula. 

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HUNTCLIFF VIEW APARTMENT

Where: Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Sleeps: 4 guests

Dog-friendly: No

Property: What sets this incredible apartment out from the rest are its views. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastline, whether you’re relaxing in the living room or heading off to bed, you’ll catch waves from your window.

 

Based within a listed building, this two-bedroom apartment retains plenty of its original character, despite having enjoyed a recent renovation to bring its décor and amenities up to the highest of modern standards.

The vintage bathroom, with its Victorian style basin and freestanding bathtub, is the perfect place to soak all your cares away during the February half term holidays.

 

Neighbourhood: Just a short walk from Huntcliff View Apartment, you’ll find the Victorian spa town of Saltburn – with independent shops, bars, bistros and the soft sands of Saltburn beach all waiting to be explored.

Take the oldest functioning cliff lift in the UK down to the promenade and you’ll arrive at the 208-metre pier, overlooked by the colourful, boutique beach huts and high cliff tower in the distance.

If you’re looking to stretch your legs, the Valley Gardens are a maze of tracks which wind through flowers and woodland. Saltburn also finds itself on The Cleveland Way National Trail which, at more than 100 miles long, has plenty of routes to choose from – and breath-taking views to take in. 

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ABOUT HOST & STAY

Host & Stay are the local business transforming the world of staycations – one holiday home at a time.

Born from a passion for property and a desire to lead the change in the holiday home industry, Host & Stay’s aim is simple: to help make the UK one of the most popular, guest-centric holiday destinations in the world. But not at the expense of holiday homeowners.

With a wealth of professional experience behind them, brother and sister duo Dale and Emily Smith are dedicated to helping more holiday homeowners unlock the potential in their properties by creating better guest experiences through advanced technology and lightning-fast response rates.

Fancy finding out more? So did we – that’s why we caught up with Dale earlier – read his interview here.

 

If you need any more info, inspo or just your daily dose of wanderlust, visit Host & Stay’s website, Facebook page or Instagram

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