Hendrick's Hollow is an idyllic one-bedroom luxury retreat tucked away on the cusp of the stunning North York Moors. This stylish barn conversion near Pickering is the perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic escape to the country.
Hendrick's Hollow is a beautiful old stone barn which has been subject to a luxury make-over. A combination of character features and contemporary comforts ensure this gorgeous holiday cottage charms from the off-set. Guests will arrive to a yummy welcome hamper with plenty to keep you going if you haven't had chance to make it to the shops yet.
The large open plan living area has a dramatic vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. This space is home to the kitchen, dining area and lounge. With warm solid oak flooring underfoot and a cosy wood-burner to curl up beside, this is a welcoming and comfortable space. The well equipped kitchen boasts sturdy wooden work-tops and comes equipped with a Nespresso coffee maker, dishwasher and washer / dryer for your convenience. A sweet dining table sits between the kitchen and lounge, the perfect spot for a hearty cooked breakfast or romantic candle-lit dinner.
Moving over to the lounge you'll find a comfy sofa for two and a separate snuggle seat. Bring that book you've been meaning to read for ages and settle down by the fire. Logs are provided for the multi-fuel stove so you can get it roaring on your arrival. There's plenty of other entertainment too including an LCD TV, DVD Player & DVDs, Wi-Fi, a Bang and Olufsen Bluetooth speaker and lots of games and books available to enjoy.
And in the evenings you can look forward to sinking into a super-king size bed dressed in the finest cotton bed linen. This bed can also be set up as two singles if preferred. The generous bedroom has heaps of space to relax in, definitely a spot for a lazy breakfast in bed. The house bathroom sits next door to the bedroom and has a walk in shower and separate bath for those evening soaks. A lovely way to end a day's sightseeing.
Outside you'll find your own private patio and outside furniture to enjoy in the warmer months. Take your morning coffee out here or indulge with a slap up lunch and bottle of wine al fresco. There's also a private grassed area to lounge about on a picnic rug. With the sights and sounds of the Yorkshire countryside all around you, it's a heavenly spot. And if you get chance, wander along and say hello to the Owner's miniature ponies in the field next door.
Hendrick's Hollow has an idyllic rural location. Set just outside the pretty North York Moors village of Kirkbymoorside you can strike out for a walk right from the doorstep. There's a nice local pub within 5 minutes' walk serving good pub grub, perfect if you don't fancy cooking one evening.
Sitting at the eastern foot of the North York Moors the region's dramatic landscape of heather and open moorland is just a short drive away. Somewhat smaller than the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors still cover an area of almost 600 square miles and like the Dales you can easily find yourself miles from anywhere relatively quickly. But there is something distinctly more civilised and less remote about the Moors. In place of harsh limestone and dramatic peaks you'll find gentle rolling hills of heather, ancient woodland and lazy rivers winding through lush green valleys. There is a sense of wilderness, particularly on top of the high central moorlands, but its cast in comforting soft focus.
We recommend taking the road from Thornton-Le-Dale or Pickering north towards Whitby to experience it in all its grandeur. There are countless pretty villages and towns to explore in the area. The handsome market towns of Pickering and Helmsley are a must, as is the archetypical Moors village of Hutton-le-Hole and the picture-postcard village of Thornton-Le-Dale. Make sure to indulge in some home-made chocolates from the chocolate shop by the green and take a wander up along the stream to see the famous thatched cottage.
Hendrick's Hollow is also close to the coast. Much like its Cornish counterpart, the North Yorkshire coastline is a heady mix of rugged cliff tops, peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages. With long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside trimmings of yesteryear, this is proper bucket 'n spade territory. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact the coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tea rooms sitting alongside upmarket champagne and oyster bars.
This region is best known for the gorgeously gothic town of Whitby. Playing host at one time to Romans, Saxons, Celts and Danes amongst others, the town's rich heritage is immediately obvious. Straddling the river Esk and dominated by the 13th Century ruins of St Hilda's Abbey on the East Cliff, Whitby's crooked cobbled streets and picturesque harbour have been a magnet for artists and tourists alike for centuries.
Although you could happily spend the weekend mooching about the independent shops, bars and cafes along Whitby's bustling medieval streets, it's well worth striking out to sample some of the otherless known coastal villages nearby. Robin Hood's Bay, Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay are all within ten minutes' drive of the town, and each have their own unique charm.
The stunning city of York is also within easy reach and the perfect option for a day trip.