THE COSIEST WEEKEND GETWAY AT THE NORTH STAR CLUB, YORKSHIRE | QUEENBEADY

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As we made our way down a winding, country road in the dark, stillness of night it was the fairy lights that guided us to our final resting place. With a myriad of twinkly lights, the woodshed and the fire pit were lit up guiding us to where we’d be spending the next two (blissful) nights. It had this, middle of nowhere, completely “at one with nature” vibe as soon as we arrived at the North Star Club in Sancton. I immediately felt at home within moments of arriving.

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Located in the sleepy village of Sancton, not too far from Market Weighton, the area is on the border of the Yorkshire Wolds. That means you get the best of both worlds of being able to visit my beloved home town of York within 45 minutes or head to the East Coast in the hour.

As we checked in, a lovely girl showed us round the Woodshed so we could get our bearings of what essentially is the main hub on site, and I quickly grabbed a griddle and utensils for our very outdoor, Bear Grylls-esque steak dinner that we were going to cook in candlelight. Sounds dreamy right? I know.

As we made our way down the dark road to our lodge (bright lights are prohibited in the woodland to protect the wildlife and it was something I was fully on board with!) we were met with the White Rose Hideaway Lodge. Our rustic, home away from home, wooden hut was ready and waiting for us to sink in to with a bottle of red wine and rare cooked steak. But first, the fire needed stoking for maximum cosiness levels.

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The White Rose Hideaway Suite had an intimate yet minimalistic scandi-vibe to it. With furry, thick blankets and wooden deer heads adorning the head of the bed, it was hard not to fall in love with the very clear style that was in mind when designing this room. And whilst smaller than the “Woodland Suites” on site, it was still very roomy. With a sitting area, dining area, small kitchen area with fridge (no cooking facilities!) and a sheet metal shower room, you had everything you could need for a weekend in the woods.

The idea of no TV for a bit of late night viewing as you slowly slip off to sleep would have horrified me many moons ago, however, here at the North Star Club it just felt right. There was no need for a TV, not when you had the pleasure of cooking your dinner outside on the veranda, a log fire to keep you warm and toasty whilst sipping on a glass of red all whilst the sound of nothing rung through your ears.

No. You didn’t need a TV. Not one, little bit.

I got to indulge in my first ever, toasted marshmallow. I know, what have I been doing all my life will be being shouted at a few computer or phone screens as they read this. But tucked up in bed one night, I finally tasted heaven on a fork – Mr C couldn’t quite believe I’d never eaten the gooey, deliciousness before. It’s safe to say that my first won’t be my last.

We stayed for two, rather glorious, nights. So each evening we would let the remnants of the fire burn out, keeping us toasty as we fell in to a deep, very comfortable sleep in an even more comfortable bed. Each morning Mr C would get up and set the fire going again and I’d make a cup of tea for us both to take back to bed, as we lazily woke up from our slumber. I mean, what other way would you like to start and finish the day? I can’t think of anything better!

And, I need to tell you about the showers. Because, legitimately, I have never stayed somewhere where the water comes so hot in the shower straight away. Plus, the power of it made it very hard to step out of. Had I have wanted to have turned in to a wrinkly prune, that shower is where you would find me.

And, whilst the little log cabin was hard to slip away from, after our second cup of tea of the morning and a BBQ’ed bacon sandwich, the 500 acres of woodland needed to be explored, even on a cold winters day…

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Sadly, we didn’t get to explore as much as we would have hoped as a lot of the woodland was cordoned off due to local, winter beating meet. So we pottered around where we could and I managed to get some amazing photos on my new 35mm lens. Despite the gun shot sounds every so often, it was so peaceful just being outdoors and away from it all.

We had a lovely time chatting away, catching up, talking about the plans we wanted to make during the Christmas break (my suggestion of a New Years break back to the North Star Club were sadly squashed as Mr C reeled off a long to-do list for us both. Le sigh.)

On that cold, December, Friday night we had arrived I had spied a pile of board games in the Woodshed that I had threatened Mr C with. With the promise of a hot drink and a homemade brownie he agreed to a couple of games in the warm indoors.

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We spent a couple of hours or so in the relaxing area of the Woodshed. With another roaring fire, a coffee machine and plenty of board games to keep us entertained, the twinkly lights flashed on and off which certainly got me feeling festive.

We were even greeted by one of the local spaniels, who was absolutely adorable! (And so well-behaved. It put our dog to shame!)

And, of all the games we picked to play, it was the classic noughts and crosses that had us engrossed for the largest part of time. We tried to dupe each other in to making silly moves and tried to mastermind a foolproof way of winning the game. It certainly had us stumped at times, but whilst we drank a milky coffee each, toasted our legs up in front of the fire – it was without a doubt one of the most perfect moments spent together in 2017.

My only regret is that we didn’t book a pamper treatment in our cabin with a local beauty therapist. But, all was put right with a cosy afternoon back at the lodge with a lit fire, some nibbles, another cup of tea and a good book before we headed out to dinner.

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I have to say, as we packed up our bags (whilst having one more final cup of tea!) on that Sunday morning it was one of those bittersweet feelings. I was ever so sad to be leaving the North Star Club but there was a feeling inside that it wouldn’t be the last time we ever headed there. I completely, utterly, 100% fell in love with the place and it’s ethic of a real “getaway from it all” experience. It was a weekend that I had desperately needed and I think Mr C was grateful for time together too.

So, thank you for having us North Star Club, I’m sure it won’t be the last I see of you (I have a husband’s 30th Birthday to plan in 2018!) it was truly a weekend I won’t forget and will definitely be rushing back to, to revisit.

If you’d like to check availability at this gorgeous, woodland retreat, click here

Are you thinking of heading to the North Star Club for a dreamy, weekend getaway?

Bee

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*Our stay was provided free of charge, but all thoughts and opinion in this review are solely mine after an incredible experience!

23 comments so far.
  • Oh my goodness, what an absolutely gorgeous place! That room looks like the cosiest thing ever (that throw on the bed, especially) and I’d really love to be somewhere like that with toasted marshmallows and red wine right about now… I need to keep this place in mind for special occasions πŸ™‚ xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Oh Laura – believe me when I say it was cosiest, damn place I’ve ever stayed. The fire and thick blankets just made it so “hygge” – you must keep it in mind.

      Bee xxx

  • Oh my goodness it looks absolutely amazing and you’ve described it beautifully. I am SO tempted now to have a browse on their availability….

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • You must! It really is so relaxing, it’s very calm and chilled out. It would be perfect for you!
      Bee xxx

  • Amy Eade

    Oh my gosh Bee, this post is so beautifully written – both the pictures and the words make it seem like a fairytale! I’m desperate to go here, I even considered it for my hen do but have decided I’d rather have a couples weekend away there at some point instead!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Oh Amy, thank you so much.

      It was hard not to write about it like that. It was so cosy and fuzzy on the heart. I wanna go back so bad!

      Let me know if you book it!

      Bee xxx

  • Your photography in this is absolutely incredible!!! This looks like the most perfect place to unwind

    Abi | abistreetx

    • Oh Abi, thank you so much. I think it’s my new lens giving me life!
      Bee xxx

  • This place is at the very top of my travel list. It’s breathtaking and a woodland, cosy retreat is exactly what I need.
    Your photos and words are gorgeous too!x
    Tasmin | http://www.grandiosedays.com

    • Oh Tasmin, do let me know if you go. It needs to be on everyone’s list, for a weekend of calm and tranquillity!
      Bee xxx

  • To stay somewhere like this is my dream and hopefully next winter I will. I’ve been poorly this year else I would have definitely got away! Beautiful photography, as always πŸ™‚

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

    • It’s definitely dreamy in winter! I’m sure it’s lovely in summer too, sitting on the verandah with the bbq but, winter is definitely whre it springs in to life!
      Bee xxx

  • If I could choose somewhere to spend a weekend in the countryside it would definitely look something like this! Every detail had me oohing and ahhing! Absolutely beautiful, they’ve done it perfectly! Alice xxxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • Isn’t it just dreamy? If you’re ever up north, you know where to stay now πŸ˜‰

      Bee xxx

  • the absolute dream. scrolling through this post is reminding me of how desperately i need a holiday!

    also – photography on another level. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • Oh Katie, thank you so much.

      Well, you know what you gotta do! BOOK IT!

      Hehe!

      Bee xxx

  • This place sounds absolutely fantastic and has made me want to book a UK trip ASAP. Your photography in the post is so beautiful too.

    Amy x
    http://www.whatamysays.com

    • Oh Amy, make sure it is on your hitlist! I promise, it was such a perfect weekend for us. I needed it!
      Bee xxx

  • How wonderful and cosy! Places like this are absolute treasures. Sometimes a weekend away in the woods with your favourite person is all you need.

    Natasha | The Night is Wild

    • Cosy is the best word to describe it, it truly was the epitome of the word!
      Bee xxx

  • Lea H

    This sounds and looks just amazing! Now I wanna go out to the country for a cozy weekend. Love your pictures!
    Lea, xx
    http://asnippetoflife.com

    • Well, you now know an amazing place to head to. I would love to go back! And thank you so much.
      Bee xxx

  • Kel

    I do keep looking at this place but haven’t managed to justify booking a trip yet – I’m sure its only a matter of time before I give in though! It looks so incredibly beautiful, perfect for a totally relaxing couple of days away from the trauma of real life!

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