A 19th-century cottage for two in a postcard-perfect Yorkshire village. Home to Shandy Hall, once inhabited by Laurence Sterne, Coxwold has an impressive literary pedigree. A medieval church perches on top of the hill and stone-built cottages run down to tearooms at the bottom. Halfway along is single-storey Braecote, just a short stroll from the cosy Fauconberg Arms pub. Park at the back of the cottage, then step through the door into a sunny kitchen diner. Delightful owner Sarah has done a top-notch renovation job on this old estate worker’s cottage, transforming it into a peaceful country bolthole. Inside, it’s quite a tardis, with a charming blend of contemporary and vintage style. Curl up in front of the wood-burner in the snug sitting room; prepare a romantic supper in the neat modern kitchen. Delicious welcome goodies include scones or locally made biscuits. Sleep in a king-size bed in a calm room overlooking the Hambleton Hills. On sunny days, enjoy breakfast in the pretty garden. Walkers are well placed for the Moors and Dales, history lovers can stroll to Newburgh Priory and Byland Abbey.