At Its Peak: The dark sky spots where stars shine brightest
As the Perseid meteor shower comes to its peak this weekend (11th – 13th August), we share our favourite dark sky spots from which to watch the celestial show
From Europe’s first Dark Sky Town in Scotland, to the brooding moors of Exmoor, these luxury cottages and cabins offer creature comforts and tranquility – the perfect spots from which to catch this cosmic spectacle.
Exmoor National Park
The Yorkshire Dales
Located in the picturesque village of Askrigg, surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this Grade II listed chapel offers quintessential English romance, with open-plan living, vaulted exposed beam ceilings, oak wooden floors, and arched stained glass windows. Perhaps best of all is the stunning wrought iron staircase designed and installed by the Yorkshire sculptor Craig Dyson.
While we love its luxury touches, including the Hamman Turkish style steam room, the far-reaching views across Wensleydale and spacious patio make it our pick for a stargazing spectacular.
The Scottish Borders
The South of Scotland is currently home to Europe’s first Dark Sky Town, which means it’s one of the best places to stargaze in the world due to its low light pollution.
We love the award-winning, architect-designed Alpnhaus in Newcastleton. This modern hideaway nestled in the hills is the perfect getaway spot to switch off and completely relax, surrounded by the Scottish countryside. Situated near the Kielder Observatory in quiet location with little light pollution, its wood-fired hot tub filled with pure Scottish water is the perfect place to wish upon a star.
Encapsulating Cornish warmth and welcome, this traditional barn features elegant and luxurious touches through out, from beautiful antique furniture and free-standing baths, to the cosy wood burning stove.
Set in a secluded spot just five miles from the coast, it enjoys unrivalled views across the surrounding rolling countryside, with glimpses of the sparkling sea on the horizon. While the restored steam railway will pick you up from the bottom of the garden, its the dramatic palms and sub-tropical plants that make it a perfectly unique stargazing spot.