Dodge the hordes in this mysteriously little-known chunk of England sandwiched between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales; the approach to the barn is down a grass-centred track bordered by moss-covered dry stone walls and sheep-filled fields in a wide valley. Richard and Debbie live in an adjacent barn and have done all the clever, eco-friendly, restoration work: doors are planked natural oak, paint comes in soft greys and creams, oak window sills are handmade, beams soar and the feel is light and airy. On chilly days lounge in front of the wood-burner on soft British wool upholstered sofas; open doors to the patio for summer meals. The kitchen, contemporary and roomy, has granite surfaces, plenty of equipment and a convivial pine table. Up a glass-sided staircase are smart bedrooms, one larger than the others, all with fat beds, original beams, painted furniture and Herdwick wool carpets; swish bathrooms sparkle with strikingly bright wallpapers. Hole up with Debbie’s hamper (champagne, chocs, cake), jump in the wood-fired hot tub, soak up panoramic views on the decking or stride into heavenly countryside. Spoiling.