Back in early August, we visited Blackton Grange Estate for a weekend of friendship, fun and frolics.

New and exclusive, the secluded luxury holiday home and unique wedding venue is just a couple of hours away from Cheshire by car – trust us, it’s worth the drive!

The surroundings are, well, simply breathtaking, and that’s no surprise since the home is located in a North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With rolling hills, sparkling lakes and the odd sheep or two, it’s certainly somewhere to retreat to.

There’s 8 bedrooms sleeping up to 17 guests, meaning you can bring the whole family, squad or team along. Not to mention it’s pet friendly too – two pups are allowed to join you!

Amenities include a bar, games room, cinema space and hot tub, decorated with roaring open fires and luxurious country-chic furnishings.

For those searching for things to do during your stay at the estate, Blackton Grange has partnered with some leading local businesses to offer a whole host of services and activities that can be booked for your visit.

For the lively among us, there’s murder mystery nights, or boozy fun in the form of cocktail masterclasses and bottomless cocktails (we can personally vouch for Megan and her El Trago team here, you won’t be disappointed).

If you’re after a slower pace, add on a relaxing massage or an artsy life drawing class in serene surroundings.

Foodie lovers can revel in private chef or grazing table hire, and for the outdoorsy types, book a range of thrilling activities such as archery, kayaking or paddle boarding.

If you’re planning your big day, you’re in luck. Blackton Grange has been granted planning permission for the opposite barn to be used as a wedding venue, due to be completed in summer 2024!