One mile from the ancient market town of Cartmel – home to the racecourse and a few Michelin stars – and on a quiet no-through lane used mostly by walkers and horses, sits a lovely 500-year-old Cumbrian longhouse and two cottages attached, which Sarah (a horticulturist) and Stewart have carefully renovated. Then they started on the garden, now ready for them to show you round: an ancient walled vegetable garden with bee boles, orchards (for crumbles, of course), topiary and herbaceous borders, a new water garden and wildflower meadow. Wildlife is abundant and, with farmland in front, the only disturbance are the cows. Both Crumble Cottage and Upper Crumble are fresh, airy, open-plan spaces painted in soft colours, with small-pane windows, wood shutters, thick walls and old beams. You get a basket of logs for the wood-burner, cosy rugs, comfy sofas and a galley kitchen with all you need (but there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant 5-minutes away). Up tiny carpeted stairs are bedrooms with big comfy beds and linen as light as air. If you stay at Upper Crumble you can book the Hot Tub Courtyard.