There’s a lovely atmosphere here and Anne gives you plenty of personal attention. Her 1920s house in the village has lots of windows, high chimneys and well-proportioned rooms. Bedrooms are traditional and comfortable, breakfast is generous. There is too, a delightful two-acre garden with wonderful displays of snowdrops, aconites and bluebells in spring, a swathe of autumn colour from the surrounding mature trees, and a large herbaceous border that’s stunning in June and July. The pond has been supplemented with water irises, candelabra primulas and water lilies; wildlife flourishes, particularly dragonflies, and a good number of resident butterflies. Anne has planted teasels, acanthus, grasses and anything with seedheads to attract the birds but, needless to say, they are equally keen on her productive vegetable garden and fruit trees. Nearly eighty different species of birds have been seen here in the last ten years so you don’t need to go far to get your binoculars out. If you’re a keen birdwatcher, Mike is knowledgeable and you can book a trip – RSPB Reserve Leighton Moss is two miles away and Morecambe Bay with its wading birds is close. Excellent value in a beautiful unspoilt part of Cumbria.