We venture north and discover a magical woodland retreat hidden in the middle of the beautiful Yorkshire forest…

Words Elysia Agnew

The Suits

Set back in the untouched Yorkshire woodland, the large cabins are idyllic and secluded. With a decked veranda, BBQ’s and alfresco dinner parties are a must. We are led through the woods to our home for the weekend, the Amy Johnson Suite. Inside, the decor has a rustic luxe feel with a touch of elegance and class; designed with a nod to Amy Johnson, a local girl and a heroic pilot who was lost on a dangerous wartime mission. Renowned for her romantic charm and elegance, the suite embodies her unique personal style and her “rough glamour”. It’s complete with all the comforts you could ask for – a free-standing bath, a four-poster bed with wooden beams, camp-style bunkbeds, a well-equipped kitchen, and best of all, a tranquil veranda set within the trees. The suite is very well considered, combining local history, sophistication and convenience.


The Site

A woodland retreat might be about enjoying your own space in the comfort of your suite, but you might also want to check out The Woodshed – an enchanting communal space where you can cosy up by the fire, unwind with a hot drink and homemade cake, or host a dinner party. Outside you’ll find a canopied campfire –  a place for stargazing and toasting marshmallows. Whether you’re visiting in the summer or in the deepest winter, this is the perfect spot for an evening under the stars. You might even catch a glimpse of the North Star.


What To Do

Visit The Star at Sancton for “Everything that’s great about Yorkshire, under one roof.” A traditional village pub serving hearty bar meals. And to celebrate everything the village has to offer, the menu sources local produce from the area’s allotments and the pub’s own vegetable garden. Sancton is just a short walk from the site, but if you fancy jumping in the car to explore the East Riding of Yorkshire, head to Beverley, a traditional market town where you can admire the minster and browse the boutique shops. The stunning chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head are just 30 minutes away, and the walled city of York is 45 minutes in the other direction.


Three night weekends in the Woodland Suites start at £625 in low season, rising to £925 in high season. There are eight suites to choose from, each benefiting from a sitting room, double sofa bed, large bedroom with wood burner, second bedroom with bunk bed and a spacious bathroom.

North Star Club, Sunley Hill, York; 



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