As we face coronavirus head-on and work together to look after our families and the NHS, we are also managing prolonged periods stuck indoors. Holiday at Home has a few ideas to help keep on top of your mind if you are self-isolating or feel safer staying indoors… Read on for our very own isolation inspiration!

Never has there been a better time to lose yourself in a great novel, (preferably an uplifting one!) or binge on that Netflix series which has been on your list for a while. Finding yourself immersed in a box set can work wonders for the soul and we have a few suggestions of our own.

After spending time cosy in front of the fire, don’t forget to consider your physical fitness; exercise has proven benefits for mental wellbeing and can be a welcome break from the daily stress that we currently see ourselves under.  Fresh air is also a high priority right now, so we have put together a list of our favourite walks and beauty hot spots in North Yorkshire as well as the best online resources for fitness workouts at home, for all levels.

Here are our favourite suggestions to help you stay positive during a Holiday at Home…

The great Yorkshire outdoors...

Hawes to Sedbusk

A more strenuous and undulating walk; you'll be rewarded if you take in Hardraw Force, England's highest unbroken waterfall. Start in Hawes and follow part of the Pennine Way towards Sedbusk where you'll encounter fine views of Wensleydale and back towards Hawes.

Reeth Low Common

You'll find Reeth at the meeting point of two of the most northerly Yorkshire Dales: Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. This circular walk helps you discover Swaledale, a typical limestone Yorkshire dale, with its narrow valley-bottom road, green meadows and fellside fields, sheep and dry-stone walls on the glacier-formed valley sides.

Aysgarth Woods and Waterfalls

Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale is a breathtaking sight. This walk will take you through St Joseph's Woods, where you'll see birds and, if you're lucky, you might spot a roe deer. Coming out of the woods you'll enjoy distant views of Castle Bolton, one of the country's best preserved medieval castles, built in 1399.

Recommended reads...

Long Bright River: Liz Moore

In a part of Philadelphia hit hard by the opioid crisis, estranged sisters Kacey and Mickey lead very different lives. Kacey struggles with addiction, while Mickey is a beat cop. When Kacey disappears around the same time a string of murders takes place, Mickey becomes obsessed with finding the killer – and her sister – before it's too late.

Rising Strong: Brené Brown

If Brown's tales of belonging don't resonate, her stories of resilience might. After all, the ability to bounce back after a setback is one you're probably going to need at some point soon. In this book, Brown goes to everyone from business leaders to artists to parents to hear stories about getting over failure.

Milk and Honey: Rupi Kaur

A poetry book centered on healing, Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey has taken the Internet by storm. Kaur's minimalist poetry draws from her experiences in adolescence and young adulthood. Although many of these memories are horrific, Milk and Honey manages to draw out their silver linings.

Binge worthy Netflix shows…

Love is Blind

This reality dating show brings 30 singles to a pod specially built for ‘blind’ dating... The men and women live in separate quarters and go on dates and can only hear each other speak. After ten days of dating, the participants must either get engaged to someone they have never laid eyes on or go home. If they do choose to get engaged, only then do they meet in person, and the three week countdown until their wedding begins! What could go wrong? It’s a whirlwind of drama, tension, and true madness, like any good reality dating show!

The Stranger

If you like thrills, murders, and being confused, this is an engaging, albeit overly complicated mystery, with many a spooky storyline to follow. Based on Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name, The Stranger mostly follows a stranger, who goes around town revealing people’s secrets. The stranger’s motive varies—sometimes she blackmails people for money, others she tries to help by revealing truths. If you like crime and the occasional pop-up, The Stranger definitely won’t bore you.

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Whether or not you’re into sports, this documentary mini series is a haunting portrait of the NFL star who became a convicted murderer. The documentary revisits the 2015 murder of Odin Lloyd as well the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The documentary paints a picture of the man himself and also illuminates the extreme dangers of football and shines a light on what it means to be a closeted gay man in the NFL. A must watch.

Keeping yourself fit and healthy...

Yoga with Adriene

As if the physical benefits of yoga weren't enough, the Yoga with Adriene You Tube channel also concentrates on mental health and anxiety management. Videos guide viewers through Meditation for Anxiety, a five-minute sequence for a Quick Stress Fix, and–one of my personal favorites–the Let it Go Yoga Flow. Perfect for this time of isolation at home

Kayla Itsines

Kayla’s workouts come without the need for any fancy gym kit – all you’ll require is the commitment to setting aside 28 minutes and a basic yoga mat to save your carpet.
Repeating the same routine of abs and arms, lower body and full body workouts for two weeks will help you get familiar with the moves and build confidence before moving on.

Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks otherwise known as "The Body Coach" is an English fitness coach, TV presenter and author. His fitness method uses short intense High Intensity Interval Training workouts and he post weekly HIIT workouts to help you burn fat and get fitter, stronger, healthier and lean. His videos give you the tools to transform your body and get you fitter, stronger, healthier and happy.

Foods to fight immunity...

Chicken with pomegranate & Brazil nuts

Marinate chicken in ginger, lime and pomegranate molasses and serve on slices of grilled aubergine for a mouthwatering main

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Superfood salad with citrus dressing

A quinoa salad packed full of the good stuff - broccoli, soya beans, avocados, spinach, herbs, pomegranate and pumpkin seeds.

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Sea bass with sizzled ginger, chilli & spring onions

The aromas released while cooking this dish will have everyone licking their lips in anticipation...

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Stay Connected...

When it is safe to travel, and taking into account all government guidelines, we will be wanting a much-needed break from the day to day. All of our holiday homes have fast high-speed Wi-Fi allowing you to stay connected with loved ones, friends, and colleagues via email or social media channels whilst staying safe and comfortable inside; the perfect working from home environment.

There is also no need for any human contact during your stay, with an option to order all that you need from the flourishing local businesses who can deliver to your doorstep. There is nothing to worry about during your luxury rural retreat to North Yorkshire… And relax!

If you do have any questions about your stay give us a call on 01748 850 333 or take a look at our FAQ’s online here… 

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