There’s a wonderfully relaxed, sociable feel here with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and a beautiful new kitchen – although if you prefer to be catered for this is entirely possible, just ask. Fridges can be pre-stocked with local produce from Steadman Butchers, Appleby Creamery and Eden Brewery Beers. If you’re feeling lazy after a long drive, home-cooked supper (longhorn beef bourguignon, sourdough pizza) can be waiting.
You’ll also find a welcome hamper of freshly-baked sourdough, a jar of award-winning marmalade plus homemade cakes and biscuits. On sunny days, spill out into the gardens with mature trees and smooth lawns, join the Coast-to-Coast path for serious walking and biking or hop on the wonderfully scenic Carlisle to Settle railway.
This is a much quieter part of the county yet you can get to everything easily. Smardale nature reserve is on your doorstep and Kirkby Stephen is about seven miles away for stocking up. Return to deep comfort, dark skies, a barbecue and a fire pit.