What’s it like?

A cluster of 18 timber-framed cocoons of warmth and sanctity on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Natural Retreats is the perfect place to indulge in some carbon-neutral comfort. As the name suggests, the lodges have a clear ecological conscience and, with their solar-glazing walls and grass roofs, evaporate miragelike into the woodland, A wood-burning fire built into the exposed Yorkshire-stone wall sits in each, while the snuggly sofas are of the come-take-the-weight-off-those-feet variety. You’ll find a hamper of organic morsels in the kitchen -fresh bread, free-range eggs, apples and Wensleydale – and a bottle of white in the fridge. Once you’ve unpacked and located your slippers, slide open the glass doors and drink in the views across the Swale Valley.

And the food?

Each lodge has its own kitchen with the full kit and caboodle. If you’re not in the mood to cook, FIGS Catering (01609 882143, www.figscatering.co.uk) will rustle up a beef Wellington for you, or you could drive 10 minutes down the road to the local – the Bridge Inn at Grinton (01748 884224, www.bridgeinn-grinton. co.uk) – for a deliciously hearty Grinton lamb and barley casserole. Day trips nearby? Wake on Saturday morning and hike some of the famous Coast-to-Coast path. Then spend an evening at the Georgian Theatre Royal (01748 825252, www.georgiantheatre royal.co.uk; £5), in Richmond, part-1788 living museum, part contemporary arts space.

How much?

From £360 for two nights (sleeps six; 0161 242 2970, www.naturalretreats.com).