The North

As much as I love travelling abroad and visiting new places, it’d be foolish of me to ignore what’s available right on my doorstep; or at least within two hours of my doorstep…

Here’s five of my favourite places to stay in the North of England:

5. Burnhopeside Hall, County Durham

Burnhopeside Hall

One of the best things about staying at Burnhopeside Hall was the fact that a lovely chap named Max greeted us upon arrival:

Max the Spaniel IMG_4033 Max the Spaniel

Add to that the beautiful grounds, the lovely Grade II listed building and a delicious breakfast, what more could you want from a country house B&B?

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4. Quebecs, Leeds


There’s so many options for places to stay in Leeds, but the Quebecs is always our preferred choice. Whether we stay in club room or push the boat out for a romantic stay in a suite, we’re never disappointed:

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Built in 1891 as the “Leeds and County Liberal Club”, the Quebecs is a(nother) Grade II listed building and features some stunning stained glass windows and a beautifully curved staircase adjacent to the reception area.

Quebecs, Leeds

Two of my favourite places to eat and drink in Leeds – Laynes Espresso and Friends Of Ham – are only a short walk away, so you’re perfectly placed to explore the city.

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3. Swinton Park, Yorkshire Dales


Less a country house hotel and more a country castle hotel, Swinton Park is a food lover’s dream! The restaurant (Samuel’s) is phenomenal, which is no surprise given the on-site Cookery School and huge kitchen garden.

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The first time we stayed, our trusty old Fiesta (RIP) fitted right in:

With plenty of woodland walks available within Swinton’s 200 acres of parkland, it’s a great destination for getting some well earned peace and quiet.

Swinton Park

There’s a small spa area and also a Billiards room, which includes a table tennis table – perfect for late night trick shots:


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2. Doxford Hall, Northumberland

Doxford Hall

Located just North of Alnwick, Doxford Hall is a perfect base for exploring the beautiful Northumberland coastline. It’s an a-maze-ing place with plenty of on-site activities including the gardens, spa and swimming pool.

Doxford Doxford

The rooms are great, the service exemplary and the restaurant truly scrumptious! We’ve stayed three times over the past couple of years and we’ll definitely be back soon.

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1. Wynyard Hall, Teesside

I’ll always have a soft-spot for Wynyard Hall, because just over a year go, that happened^.

IMG_2518_2 Wynyard Cottage

To celebrate getting married, we treated ourselves to a stay in one of Wynyard’s hot-tub cottages thanks to their ‘White Friday’ sale – it was quite the bargain! The cottage (Elmswood) was delightful, and the private hot tub looking out over the quiet, sparse fields was just what we needed.

IMG_0448 Hot Tub Cottage

The hall itself is absolutely breathtaking inside:

Wynyard Hall

The views from the amazing hotel rooms in the main hall aren’t too bad, either:

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MORNIN' #married

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If you fancy some fresh air whilst you’re staying at Wynyard, why not have a stroll up to the obelisk?

With the added bonus of a brilliant breakfast and the illustrious Wellington Restaurant, what are you waiting for?

Book your stay with Wynyard Hall.

Have you stayed anywhere nice recently?

Be sure to let me know where we should head next!

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