Luxury woodland cabins nestled in a forest with a wood-burning stove in the bedroom plus a luxurious en-suite bathroom. And all in my own glorious county of Yorkshire. North Star Club almost makes me wish for more snow.
As luck would have it, on the days preceding our visit to North Star Club, it had actually been snowing and yet I was starting to get those, ‘oh we’re in the middle of the woods, are we going to be warm enough?’ worries – I do need a certain level of comfort after all, even when we’re meant to be glamping! But let me tell you, this was probably the cosiest I’ve been in a long time with all the comforts indoors and all the great outdoors, well outdoors. It’s the perfect combination really.We arrived on Friday night and were given a lovely friendly welcome by staff who guided us to our little spot in the forest. There are 8 woodland suites in total, each themed around famous people and places from Yorkshire. We were in the Woodville suite, named after Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. References to her ranged from the subtle to an amazing portrait of her in the master bedroom, which I loved.In fact I have to say one of the things I love most about the North Star Club is the interior design, which is a really well judged combination of special, individual touches and luxurious functionality that make the experience really memorable. Lots of beautiful, natural materials have been used including lots of wood as you’d expect. Elegant tree trunks have been re-worked to create the effect of a four poster bed. Faux furs and skins make everything feel cosy and resplendent while industrial style lighting mixes with multitudes of candles and tea-light holders so you can really create your own atmosphere, day and night. Plus there are french window-style doors on both sides of the room, which you can open up to let the outdoors in if you wish.The open-plan bathroom is spacious and decadent with a huge free-standing tub plus a separate toilet and shower tucked discreetly away behind. So if you come back from a long walk in the forest you can certainly get cleaned up in style and I really like a place with a bath big enough to fit all three kids in (although they were all quite fascinated by the walk-in shower – they don’t get out much!).The second bedroom is quite small but was big enough to accommodate the kids with a bunkbed and writing desk in there, especially as they all took great delight in piling into our bed before lights out and telling spooky stories by the glow of the wood-burner. Needless to say there’s no TV/wifi – you’re meant to be getting off-grid after all. There’s also a cool little lounge, complete with a double sofa bed, which is also stocked with cutlery, cups, bowls, plates etc plus a small fridge and a kettle. However it’s worth mentioning there isn’t a hob or any cooking facilities in the cabin apart from the gas-fired barbecue provided on your own individual verandah which we used one night to make a simple supper of sausage sandwiches and grilled veg. When its warm enough to sit outside and eat in the evenings, I can imagine that would be a great way to feast though. Alternatively there is a pizza oven down by the main area and central campfire where you can cook your own as well as gather round to drink, chat, sing and toast marshmallows – of course! Inside the Wood Shed, the luxurious woodland theme continues with leather sofas, a woodburning stove and a large central table where you can gather for a brew and brownie or just to warm up and read the papers for a bit. And if you really don’t fancy cooking for yourselves, the local pub – the Star at Sancton – offers amazing food and a friendly welcome. It’s even close enough to walk there and back. Probably best to book though as the dining room is popular. But aside from all the lovely interiors, let’s not forget the real magic of a place like this is its proximity to nature and the kids really enjoyed having it all on the doorstep, which means while I had a morning soak in that tub the kids could safely run wild making a den outside (well it was Mother’s day after all!). It’s these experiences that I’m really thankful for as I know kids these days don’t always get to ‘re-wild’ on this scale very often. And as for us, just walking through those woods and stopping to listen for a while is the best tonic as is the chance to have a break from the old routine.
Big thanks to North Star Club for allowing us to stay free of charge for the purposes of this review.
If you’d like some more ideas on how to recreate the look of North Star Club in your own home, you might like this interiors inspiration post I put together as well.