A small country house on the edge of Windermere with good prices, pretty interiors and delicious food. Jonathan and Caroline love their world and can’t stop spending money on it. They recently added a smart terrace at the front, turned the office into another sitting room, and put in a couple of fancy bathrooms. This 17th-century house was once home to a retired vicar, hence the ecclesiastic windows. Outside, an ancient cedar of Lebanon shades the lawn. Inside, cool colours and an easy style flow throughout. The big sitting room doubles as the bar and comes in browns and creams with sofas and local art. Bedrooms – some warmly traditional, others nicely contemporary – have Zoffany fabrics, Lloyd Loom wicker and flat-screen TVs; most have fancy bathrooms, some have big views, the bathroom in the coach-house suite is out of this world. You eat in a pretty dining room with views to the front or on the terrace in good weather, perhaps goat’s cheese with a red pepper mousse, local lamb with tarragon gnocchi, warm chocolate fudge cake with real-ale ice cream. All things Windermere are on your doorstep.