In a deeply rural setting, midway between the moors and the north and south coasts, this atmospheric stone barn fits the bill for families. Friendly Jo and James will be delighted to introduce the ducks, cows and sheep and you’re free to roam 110 glorious acres of fields and ancient oak woodland. Dodge the nettles and brambles and have a go at fishing their river, the Inny, for trout and the odd salmon.
Congregate for meals on the sunny terrace or indoors amongst country antiques around a table for 10 in the huge beamed living room. After a day spent out on the moors, beat a retreat to the book-lined snug and bask by the wood-burner.
Be welcomed with Jo’s freshly baked scones, home-pressed apple juice and hens’ eggs; Riverford Organics can deliver the rest. There’s a good gastropub, The Springer Spaniel, a convenient half-mile stagger away.