Arriving right here at nightfall, you’d be forgiven for rubbing your eyes, pondering you’d stumbled throughout a fairy story village. A boardwalk winds its approach throughout a lush meadow towards a set of 5 luxurious yurts, the place wood-burning stoves ship delightfully-smelling smoke twirling gently skywards. There may be complete peace, for the faint sound of laughter which carries on the breeze – and the entire scene is illuminated by the nice and cozy glow of candle and fairy lights.
We’ve got found the unique, multi-award-winning Secret Cloud Home Holidays, set on the sting of the Peak District: the place company can reconnect with nature with out forgoing luxurious.
craving a slow-paced, calming and environmentally-friendly break in nature with a number of luxurious besides. Or hen events and small teams in search of a bonding spa break within the outdoor. Small households too could be comfortable right here.
With uninterrupted views throughout the Staffordshire Moorlands, and the Peak District past, every luxurious yurt (Blackberry; Foxglove; Bilberry; Elderflower; Rosehip – every with its personal distinctive twist on decor), has its personal wood-fired non-public scorching tub, wood-burning range and a see-through skylight which, on a transparent evening, means you possibly can stargaze earlier than nodding off.
The double beds, they are saying, are handmade, very comfortable and dressed with Egyptian cotton linen, featherdown duvets and Staffordshire wool blankets.
There’s a non-public eco-loo-with-a-view positioned simply exterior every yurt, whereas the spacious bathe rooms have flushing bogs and are insulated with Staffordshire sheep’s wool and powered by photo voltaic thermal panels. Mod cons embrace: hairdryers, straighteners and full size mirrors. Additionally, you will discover a charging locker to go away your telephones safely, a lot of books and maps on the world and quite a lot of board video games for nights by the hearth.
We stayed in Elderflower, maybe probably the most luxurious of yurts, which is tucked proper within the nook of the meadow and boasting a king-size French-style mattress. That is understandably common with mini-mooners and couples searching for a romantic break.
Meals and Drink
After all, you possibly can cook-up a feast within the consolation of your yurt, every has a wooden burning range oven, a tenting kitchen with fuel burners and grill plus eating desk and chairs. Or there’s your individual out of doors barbecue.
A fridge freezer is supplied and a big cool field too.
Every reserving additionally receives a welcome breakfast hamper with native butcher’s sausages and bacon, milk from the native dairy, eggs from a neighborhood younger farmer, and recent bread from Bakewell Bakery. The house owners even have hyperlinks to native chocolatiers and a small Peak District espresso roaster who creates their very personal Secret Cloud mix.
When you can drag your self away from the consolation right here, strive breakfast on the Cottage Kitchen Nation Café, only a five-minute drive away. The countryside café and farm store presents some tasty menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. Extremely really useful at any time is the county’s scrumptious native delicacy – Staffordshire oatcakes.
For dinner, a 15-minute drive brings you to The Duncombe Arms, a renovated historic inn with the relaxed welcome of a neighborhood pub, plus a tremendous eating restaurant, incomes it a spot on most of the UK’s ‘finest eating pubs’ lists.
The onsite ‘Shepherds Relaxation’ therapeutic massage remedy room has a menu of therapies happening by candlelight in entrance of a wood-burning range. Remedies begin from £25, however it’s finest to guide prematurely.
There’s additionally a central wood-fired sauna that comes with a vital oil menu – from the therapeutic aromas of eucalyptus to mentally uplifting grapefruit.
Simply in case the heavens resolve to open, the wood-decked walkway connects the yurts, washrooms, sauna and the automobile park, so you possibly can stay away from any mud and standing water on the sector itself.
How a lot
Secret Cloud Home Holidays: from £140 to £160 per evening, together with the non-public wood-fired scorching tub, use of the wood-fired sauna, and a welcome Staffordshire breakfast hamper.
What’s close by
Head to Biddulph Grange Backyard, a tremendous Victorian backyard, restored maintained and operated by the Nationwide Belief. A go to right here takes you on a world journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian imaginative and prescient of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.
Strap up your strolling boots – or strive a bit pedal energy – and discover the deep limestone valley of steeply wooded slopes and towering rock pinnacles of The Manifold Valley. A favorite for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the eight-mile Manifold Observe follows the route of the disused Leek and Manifold Gentle Railway.
Or climb the steps to Thor’s Cave, one of the spectacular sights of the valley at 250 ft above the monitor. The magnificent views are effectively well worth the climb, whereas the cave itself is believed to have been residence to cavemen 10,000 years in the past.
The historic market city of Leek, on the southern fringe of the Peak District Nationwide Park, has an unspoilt city centre with imposing Georgian and Victorian structure. In addition to a raft of unbiased outlets, thriving conventional markets embrace Wednesday’s weekly out of doors market and a month-to-month tremendous meals market held on the third Saturday of the month.
For extra particulars about what to do and see in Staffordshire, go to Get pleasure from Staffordshire.