Known and loved for its off-grid containers, cosy cabins, luxury lofts and more, Kip & Nook is one of North Yorkshire’s best-loved destinations for a country getaway with a difference – and it’s growing bigger and better. Our editor takes a tour…
Kip & Nook has come a long way in recent years. What started as one cabin has grown into a collection of in-demand properties, with a unique offering that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Tucked away in North Yorkshire’s rolling countryside – 250 acres to be exact – it’s now considered an ultimate boutique hotel, promising so much more than your average staycation getaway.
A place that effortlessly bridges the gap between rustic and luxurious, in which interiors-addicts can marvel at expertly-designed accommodation, off-grid fans can unplug and get back to nature and wellness-lovers can truly unwind.
Six standalone properties currently make up Kip & Nook’s portfolio – all with their own identity and all dog-friendly, too.
Each one is individually-designed and made special with unique interiors and features to suit different types of guests. But although they might differ in style and size, one thing remains true wherever you choose to lay your head – you’re guaranteed a peaceful and undeniably good-looking stay.
Ideal for couples longing for a romantic hideaway, or friends in search of a relaxing bolthole where they can hunker down for the night undisturbed, The Den and The Cabin tick all the boxes.
Both properties sleep two guests and promise a tranquil, off-grid experience, along with unrivalled scenic views thanks to their uber-private countryside locations.
Surrounded my rolling flowering fields stretching as far as the eye can see – and not a person, car or building in sight – both properties are self-sufficient and feature rooftop solar panels – meaning the electricity here is powered entirely via green energy. You won’t find any Wi-Fi connection either – instead, guests are encouraged to embrace a stripped-back, tech-free way of life and get back to nature.
The Den’s good looks take inspiration from open-plan Scandinavian cabins, characterised by a natural wooden interior, enhanced with black, industrial-style detailing for a modern twist. Soft furnishings and rattan accents provide texture at every corner, while a log burning fire provides warmth and a classic cabin vibe. Climb the industrial ladder to discover a super king bed situated on the first-floor mezzanine, offering a truly unique sleeping experience.
Over in The Cabin, the interiors are a little more contemporary – though still pared-back, with wooden features, a log burning fire and floor-to-ceiling windows for a warm, bright and minimalistic feel throughout. You’ll find a gas stove kitchen and a fully-functioning heated shower in the adjoining outbuilding.
Large decking areas with private wood-burning hot tubs and outdoor furniture surround both properties and you’ll even find an outdoor firepit and waterfall shower – with nature as your backdrop – if you’re staying at The Den.
Also made for two guests, the OG Container and its sibling property – aptly named The Baby Bro – which lies only 30 metres away – are deceptively spacious and offer a unique and modern spin on a rustic country retreat.
Highlights include open plan living areas, cosy snugs, log-burning fires and bi-fold doors, opening out to plenty of private outdoor space for soaking up the sun, relaxing in your own wood burning hot tub, or curling up by the fire under the stars.
Green-fingered guests will love The Baby Bro’s private Japanese-inspired garden too – complete with a rope swinging chair, fire pit and even an outdoor shower.
Visiting as part of a group? The Barn and The Loft have everything you need for a stay to remember – from multiple rooms and zones for unwinding, socialising and celebrating, to fully-equipped kitchens for hosting and luxury bedrooms to kick back in.
Perfect for special occasions, The Barn sleeps eight people – be it a mix of family, friends or both – and features a bespoke open-plan kitchen with its own AGA cooker, a boot room for those exploring the site’s grounds, a grand family bathroom and a stunning wrap-around courtyard with a super-generous wood-fired hot tub. Whoever bags the master suite is treated to a deluxe en-suite bathroom and a private balcony, complete with a hammock-style chair.
Over in The Loft, a modern, luxury aesthetic reigns supreme. Sleeping four guests, it’s Kip & Nook’s most contemporary build so far with a fun and flexible design, right next door to the site’s communal space for food and drink, yoga, cooking, gaming and more.
Inside, you’ll discover a self-catering kitchen, a Scandi-style dining area and a statement spiral stairway leading to the second floor, where you can take advantage of a cinema screen TV, a cosy snug area and good-sized bedrooms, made special with natural textures and furnishings as a nod to the property’s rural postcode.
Kip & Nook’s communal space – which all guests have exclusive access to – is the place to be for fun activities, good food and more to make your stay extra-special.
Decked out with a mix of modern and vintage interiors – from old-school cars and retro signage to an industrial-style bar – the unique hang-out provides friends, family and couples with a space to enjoy everything from pool and ping-pong to darts and game consoles.
Food and drink
Guests are treated to breakfast is served each morning of their stay – and everything is prepared to order. Choose from a full breakfast served with eggs to your liking, or ask Kip & Nook’s chef to whip you up something special from the kitchen’s specials menu. Find a spot in the site’s brand new Breakfast Room and dig in.
Fancy a bite in the evening? Wood-fired pizzas and drinks are served from the bar inside the Workshop.
Menus are available online, but remember to pre-order your meals and pre-book your time slots before your stay.
Kip & Nook’s latest developments cater to wellness fans – specifically couples or friends looking to take relaxation to the next level during their stay.
Its Kirami Wellness Experience promises 90 minutes of undisturbed bliss. An oasis of tranquillity, deep within Kip & Nook’s rural grounds – with jaw-dropping countryside views thrown in for good measure.
Down a peaceful path, guests will be taken on a mini spa-like journey, including a traditional Kirami sauna from Finland, an invigorating outdoor cold drench shower, an icy plunge pool and a cosy outdoor seating area around a crackling fire pit.
My verdict? A party for the senses that works wonders for the mind, body and soul. A real must-do.
For those in search of something a little less stimulating, The Breathing Room provides the perfect space to drift off, zone out perhaps practice a bit of meditation. Grab a fresh robe (and a comfy hammock chair) and kick back under calm dimmed lights with your drink of choice.
In need of a stretch? Kip & Nook’s very own yoga studio could be one of the most serene I’ve found around these parts. Choose your class that takes your fancy (they’re on offer four days a week – including weekends) and find your flow during your stay – just remember to book ahead to secure your spot on the mat.
For more information, or to book, visit kipandnook.com