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Travel review: Finding an oasis of calm in the North Yorkshire countryside; Lindsay Pantry; Yorkshire Post

UK – Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey

Ducks are incredibly exciting when you are a year old – especially when they are right on your decking, making a pitch for a bit of your apple.

If babies could write travel features, my one-year-old would definitely hold the ducks right up there as the best thing about Cedar Retreats.

And while I wouldn’t disagree that the flock residing on the peaceful lake are indeed a highlight, there is so much more to the luxury lodge development near Ripon.

We headed to West Tanfield for a weekend of quiet relaxation after a busy few months and an even more hectic year after becoming parents for the first time.

We weren’t disappointed. Driving in on a Friday afternoon, one of the first things I set eyes on was a couple making the most of their private hot tub.

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