You are ensconced in the quieter part of the Lakes and have independence in your own seventeenth-century wing of this Elizabethan manor. Once a fortified Pele tower, it’s a fascinating historic house yet very much a lived-in family home with a wonderful atmosphere. The wing, known as Kelly Cottage, has an airy bedroom with a separate sitting room with books, maps and squashy sofas. Beds have patchwork quilts, windows have stone mullions and all is peaceful. Henry gives you sturdy breakfasts in the great hall: sausages and bacon from the free-range pigs, eggs from the hens and jams from the orchard. Children will have fun – animals to feed, garden toys galore and woods to roam – and dogs are very welcome too.