I can’t believe its been a whole two weeks since we tied the knot! People said in the run up to the wedding that it would all fly by, but I didn’t realise just how quickly! It seems forever since our mini-moon too, but it was only a mere week ago. We had the best few days away in Sancton, a small village in East Yorkshire at The North Star Club, a luxurious woodland retreat filled with 8 unique cabins tucked away in the forest.
I found The North Star club whilst searching for mini-moon breaks in the UK, and after scrolling through pages of boutique hotels and super modern penthouse suites, nothing was really appealing to me. We wanted something that was that little bit different, in a relaxing location to unwind from the crazy whirlwind that getting married is. Then I found this place and completely fell in love! It was close enough to drive to (less than two hours from our home in Preston), but in a secluded location that would feel like we were a million miles away, and as soon as we reached the rugged driveway in to the site, we knew we’d found the perfect place.
We booked the Star Suite which is one of the most indulgent suites on the site, since it was for such a special occasion (we were fully in ‘treat yourself’ mode), and my goodness was it dreamy! Complete with a rustic four-poster bed, a stunning copper free-standing bath and private outdoor sauna, it was like something straight off a Pinterest board and the most perfect location for two nights away – absolute bliss!
The cabin is probably one of, if not THE nicest accommodation I’ve ever stayed in. The bed was the comfiest I’ve ever known, the decor was so well thought out with a nod to nature in every corner and it had everything we could possibly need for our two night stay. The only things these cabins don’t have is a proper kitchen (just a sink and fridge in a small utility room off to the right of the bedroom), but what it lacks in an oven or hob, it makes up for with a huge gas barbecue on the veranda! We chose to have some produce for meals delivered from The Star at Sancton, a local pub close by, and it was all delicious. We had a full English breakfast full of local produce, a packed lunch filled with tasty cured meats, cheese, crackers and homemade pickles, but the highlight for us had to be the Waterford Farm Sirloin for dinner on our second night!
It was so lovely to cook outside, listening to the nature around us and enjoying the summer weather, especially each morning with a blanket round us and a brew in hand, but we also ventured out on our first night in to Beverley, a lovely market town about a 20 minute drive away. We tried out a Japanese restaurant called Ogino that I’d read about in a few reviews, and it did not disappoint – I would highly recommend if you love asian cuisine and are looking for something a little fancy!
Not only was our cabin an absolute DREAM, but the communal ‘Woodshed’ was just as beautiful, decked out with comfy sofas, luxurious throws, twinkling lights and a wood burner, plus a selection of teas, coffees and brownies if you were in need of a refreshment, and plenty of games and magazines to keep you entertained. This area is designed for groups who are holidaying together and want to spend some time together without all having to squeeze in to one cabin to do so. There’s also a pizza oven just outside, as well as lots of outdoor seating and a lovely space to light a campfire. We found out on check-in that we were actually the only guests on site for our whole visit, so we made sure we made the most of this!
On our second night, we headed up to the Woodshed laden with marshmallows (kindly left for us in our cabin), snacks and drinks, got a couple of blankets and lit a fire. We spent a couple of hours by the fire, toasting marshmallows and enjoying each other’s company in what felt like the middle of nowhere. You could hear birds and squirrels in the trees, see the sun setting through the woodland and it was just perfection.
Aside from another trip to Beverley the next day to stroll around the shops and drink a well earned gin, and a spot of strawberry picking at a local farm, we spent most of our time in our cabin, sat on the veranda enjoying the surroundings, and I couldn’t have wished for anything better (except maybe a couple more days there!). I’m so glad I found this place as its a true hidden gem that I just know we’ll be going back to for years to come.
We’re huge fans of York, but we’ve stayed there so many times now that we don’t really need to stay somewhere central, and this is just perfect for that. We spent the whole first day in York as check-in wasn’t until 4pm, saw all the sights and shops we wanted to, then hit the road for 50 mins to our cabin, and that was perfect for us. We’re already thinking of planning a return visit in the winter months so we can really make use of the camp fire after dark and enjoy the log burners in the cabins. Not only is it the perfect setting for a romantic getaway for two, but also a fun break with friends and family, or even an unusual hen do location.
If you’re looking for somewhere secluded, but with plenty of character, then this is the place, and definitely worth every penny. Thank you North Star Club for making our mini-moon as perfect as we had hoped!