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Escape to a shepherd’s hut

June 30, 2017 No comments

We love Yorkshire but sometimes our travels take us to other beautiful places and this is one we wanted to share. It’s a luxurious, hand-built shepherd’s hut in the most beautiful location. It belongs to Alun Moore, owner of  Beacon Hill Farm, an award-winning holiday idyll at Longhorsley, near Morpeth, in Northumberland. He and his[Read More]

Why I love The Principal York

February 3, 2017 1 Comment

One of my missions this year is to build a few more treats into my life. It was beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day. Work, eat, swim, sleep, repeat. Yawn. I’ve already made a slam bang start with a Friday night  stay at The Principal York, which used to be known as The[Read More]

GY on tour: I capture the casale

November 4, 2016 No comments

As regular readers will know, I have a bit of a thing for towers and old follies. This splendid edifice is called La Torre del Piano – the tower of the plain – and it is owned by Alana and Joe Mazza, Yorkshire folk who have forsaken God’s own county to open the very beautiful Casale[Read More]

Discovering Bishopthorpe Road

June 2, 2016 1 Comment

Leaving my lunch box at home proved fortuitous when I was out and about for work recently. Ruth Penty, owner of the B&B I was writing about, the fabulous and fashionable Staymor in York, suggested I go to the deli on Bishopthorpe Road or Bishy Road, as it’s known to those who know it and[Read More]

Carpenters Arms in Britain’s top ten

October 30, 2015 No comments

We’re always looking for “quick getaways” – gorgeous places to eat and stay in Yorkshire – and the  Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk is now top of our must visit list. The inn with rooms in the village of Felixkirk, near Thirsk, has just been included in the Good Hotel Guide’s top ten discoveries of the[Read More]