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North Star Club

North Star Club

Magical Woodland Escape...

North Star Club founders Christian and Carolyn Van Outersterp are multi award winning designers, (Christian a former landscape architect and Carolyn trained in Fashion). They’re best known for having revolutionized the contemporary fireplace market, (their iconic Firebowl was exhibited at the V&A) and creating CVO Firevault. This unique restaurant bar in central London gained a cult following and was described by Time Out as “one of London’s 10 best kept secrets”

Six years ago Carolyn and Christian put urban life behind them and started Jollydays Glamping, changing the face of British Glamping forever. This unique, woodland camp put 4 poster beds and roll-top baths into safari style vintage tents, it won a host of accolades and a loyal fan base, as well as spawning a host of imitators.

With Jollydays firmly on the map the Van Outersterps have turned their attention to developing a new venture and the North Star Club is the culmination of their 15 year dream to create the quintessential woodland retreat. The Club is inspired by Christian’s North American heritage and his Canadian grandmother’s tales of the American Great Camps – rustic, wilderness retreats, more akin to woodland hotels, they built for wealthy industrialists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The couple were keen to recreate the magic of these camps, in a rugged Yorkshire setting and the result is a serene and indulgent escape from the pressures of 21st century life.

Christian and Carolyn escaped urban life 12 years ago and have since become passionate advocates of country life – they live on the edge of the North York Moors with their 4 children, two dozen hens and Binny the Border terrier.

The couple have been profiled in a wide range of press and were featured on the BBCs Dragon Den in 2013.

God’s own country...

We’re incredibly proud of this magnificent region – recently voted the third best region in the world to visit! Yorkshire has an incredibly rich culture and heritage, sublime countryside and vibrant cities. Our sporting prowess is unrivalled (12th place in the Olympic medal table – beating Australia!) and our natives are straight forward, warm and welcoming. We have 2 National Parks, a fabulous heritage coastline and wonderful food – London apart, Yorkshire has more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere else in the UK – so what are you waiting for?


The new North Star Club is unique, nestling within 500 acres of native English woodland in the peaceful Yorkshire Wolds. Inspired by the legendary American Great Camps and suffused with Yorkshire country style, it blends beautifully into the untamed forest setting. The result is a ruggedly cosy and indulgent woodland escape – the perfect getaway from the pressures of 21st century living. This isn’t a self-catering experience, we have too many great places to eat nearby! We can however deliver a BBQ pack to your suite or you can have food hampers delivered by arrangement.

This is a fabulous place for a romantic weekend break as well family breaks or corporate groups as the accommodation is flexible, with some suites sleeping up to 6 people. This is a British forest holiday with a difference, forget the crowds, over used facilities and boring commercial woodland, discover instead a beautiful native forest with huge bio diversity.

The Club has only 8 private and well – spaced woodland suites, decorated in a modern rustic style, these each have a large veranda, cosy sitting room, large bedroom and indulgent spa style bathroom. Close by is The Woodshed, a communal chill out area with an outdoor fire pit and oodles of natural woodland beyond. If you want a unique alternative to a country house hotel then come and break free, slow down and truly unwind - you won’t find a more enchanting place to do it …

The Woodshed...

While it’s essential to have your own intimate space you may also want to take advantage of The Woodshed – our communal relaxation space. Snuggle up with a book by the fire and help yourself tea, coffee and homemade cake – outside you’ll find our canopied campfire, perfect for chilling and stargazing in all weathers.


01439 748457

Write to us:
Sunley Hill, Welburn, Nunnington, York, YO62 5XG (admin address only!)

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