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North East’s 8 Most Unique Places To Go When You Need A Break

As you push through September and the holidays come along, that will be a time when most of you will have a getaway of rest and recovery before the hustle and bustle of Christmas begins. This list is here to show you the unique places you can go to get the break you deserve going from Ramside Hall to get a relaxing spa treatment to The North Farm, where you can escape to a cosy cottage away from the bitterly cold weather.

Hesleyside Huts

Address: HESLEYSIDE HUTS, Estate Office, Hexham NE48 2LA

Hesleyside Huts is located in the heart of Northumberland National Park and is a luxury glamping retreat. It is surrounded by the gorgeous nature of Northumberland, where you can take woodland walks to take a breath of fresh air and discover the incredible wildlife with it. By night the Hesleyside Estate has the privilege of sitting under Northumberland’s Dark Sky Reserve, and with each night, the sky has millions of stars shining brightly for the guests to stargaze over. Each hut and shepherd's house also has a campfire for when you feel like it is the time for a night in which you can be toasting marshmallows in the evening and making a fry-up in the morning. Hence, Hesleyside Huts and houses are ideal for people who need an escape from the busy city life and need a breath of fresh air and to explore the wildlife around them.

The Morritt

Address: Greta Bridge, Greta Bridge nr Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 9SE

The Morritt is a luxury hotel and a spa located in Durham and just a short drive away from Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum, Richmond, High Force, and the Durham and Yorkshire Dales. The Morritt is a popular choice for relaxing escapes with their award-winning Garage Spa, where you can have rest and indulgent pampering. They have various spa facilities such as different indoor and outdoor hot tubs, treatments, and spa experiences. Moreover, The Morritt provides a high-class dining experience with Gliroys Restaurant situated on the main house, which offers a seasonal menu of produce, and Dickens Bar and Bistro located in the country house hotel. They are not just a hotel; they can also be a venue that is perfect for weddings that could be coming up. The Morritt provides a luxury escape for guests who need time to relax and take a moment to themselves.

Hadrian’s Wall Yurt

Address: Burthinghurst, Brampton CA8 2JW

The Hadrian Wall Yurt is a unique glamping campsite surrounded by two acres of nature and complete privacy. It is set within an ancient quarry that has since been reclaimed by nature. Hadrian’s Wall is just a short walk away from where you can dwell on the history of Roman Forts in the museum followed by the historic town market that is located in Hexham. Each yurt has a clear canopy that lets you wake up to a beautiful sunrise and leaves you gazing at the stars in the night. It is furnished with a mix of Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian that leaves you feeling like you have stepped back into time but do not worry about the yurt; there are electric sockets and USB slots, so they still are within the modern times. The Hadrian’s Wall Yurt provides a historic escape to those guests who want to take a step back in time and wants privacy from the hustle and bustle of work and people.

Jesmond Dene House

Address: Jesmond Dene Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2EY

The Jesmond Dene House is a hidden gem located in between the busyness of Newcastle where you can go into the centre of the city for shopping but also in the country for the people who want to be away from the city but still local. This luxury hotel is also an independent hotel, which means it can make its own rules. They easily adapt to their guest’s requirements and needs and do their best to accommodate every person that steps through their door. Their Fern dining room and bar have an executive head chef Danny Parker, who was a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals. He likes to take inspiration from classic dishes and has a great relationship with the local suppliers, which is the key to the hotel’s food. The Jesmond Dene House has a countryside aspect that makes it perfect for venues such as weddings and other events. This luxury hotel is for guests who want to be close to the city as well as their homes but still want that element of relaxation.

North Farm

Address: North Farm, Walworth, Darlington DL1 1LY

The North Farm is a refurbished farmhouse that can accommodate up to 14 guests. It is a unique opportunity to rent Rita König’s decorated Teesdale Farmhouse. It has over 380 acres of countryside that overlooks Teesdale and is 15 minutes away from Darlington station if driving is not an option for you. The North farm is an ideal base for exploring the Durham and Yorkshire Dales, followed by numerous places of interest ranging from Barnard Castle to Raby Castle. However, if you want a bit of adventure and can handle the cold, 40 minutes east is Saltburn, a seaside resort that is popular for surfing and tackling the blowy walk along the clifftop Cleveland Way. This is a staycation that is suitable for a group of friends who want a breakaway and have a chance to explore nature and the history around them.  

The Sky Den

Address: Kielder Forest Park, Calvert Trust Kielder NE48 1BS

The Sky Den was featured on George Clark's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 and is a well-known place to stay. This treehouse is composed of three different shapes that blend to create the best outdoors and indoors. The Sky Den was built in the heart of Kielder forest, surrounded by a river, and the main activity centre is only a short walk away. It has an opening roof through which you can see all the stars if the sky is clear, and with the open deck platform, you can overlook the river and the wildlife surrounding it. As the year goes on, it gets chilly in Northumberland, especially during the autumn and winter, so they recommend bringing some warm clothes with you so you can still experience the full outdoors. This unique spot in Northumberland is ideal for those who want a relaxing time looking at the stars or for adventure in the wildlife by doing archery or swimming in the pool provided by Calvery Kielder.

Ramside Treehouses

Address: Ramside Hall, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

The Ramside Treehouses are hidden gems. Not far from Ramside Hall are the luxury treehouses set in the 18th fairway of The Prince Bishops Golf Course. It gives guests a beautiful view of the woodlands and the landscapes. Moreover, most of the treehouses have full-height windows that allow the natural light to come in during sunrises and let you see the gorgeous views. Each treehouse has three bedrooms, a private living room, and a bathroom that has a free-standing copper bath means you can relax in style. It also has a wraparound balcony where you can have your morning cup of tea or coffee while breathing the fresh crisp air. You can book yourself the whole treehouse if it is for family gatherings or hen/stag do, or you can split the booking into one or two-bedroom suites. It is the perfect getaway for those looking for rest and for those who want to do it in style.

The Glass House

Address: Northumberland, England, United Kingdom (Exact locations released when you have booked)


Julia is the host of this gorgeous house, which is available for rent on the website Airbnb. It can have two guests and has one bedroom and a bathroom. It is nestled in a small valley within the Dales and situated just outside Allendale, which is a village that has craft shops, pubs, and tea rooms. This is a quite cosy and small residential home that is ideal for those looking for a relaxing getaway and if you are looking at wanting a house for yourself. It is an open-plan space with a kitchen and large sitting room that has a mix of modern items such as a slimline Sky TV, more vintage items such as a library, and a farmhouse table that overlooks the garden and the open spaces beyond. Moreover, there is a secluded garden for the guests where you can have private use of it, and it has benches and a BBQ, so it is suitable for any time of the year. The Glass House is the perfect getaway for those who want a feel of modern and old combined and who like the vintage touch.

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