The views are super from up here, perched on a hillside overlooking the Lowther Valley in the northern Lake District. Friends and families will adore the outside space; swing in a hammock or sit and chat on the patio with its views over to Knipe Scar.A sunny kitchen has a big red Aga (and separate oven), stone flags and doors out to the garden so you can spill out on warm days – gather round the kitchen island for meals, or eat in the dining room which seats up to ten. There’s a laundry room downstairs for all your muddy kit and a generous welcome hamper with wine, local fudge, eggs, bread and milk.It’s just over a mile to Askham with its whitewashed cottages wrapped around the village green, two pubs and a gem of a village shop. This is a much quieter part of the Lakes but you’re near enough to the bustle, and a hike to Ullswater will only take you an hour and a half. Return to a roaring open fire, lots of books and games, a telescope for star spotting and a sundowner in the garden.