Caroline’s eye for detail is extraordinary and everything that could possibly delight guests is already here. From the curved staircase designed to follow the line of the curved wall, to the outdoor hosepipe for muddy dogs, the hand-crafted details, sound-proofed windows, Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics and the dreamiest mattresses, all of your senses will be soothed.
The bright open-plan living space is upstairs: what was a huge threshing door is now a beautiful window, there is plenty of sofa space, oak trusses from the original barn, a lovely work space and, from here, a rather grand flight of steps, flanked by David Austin roses leading to the limestone-flagged patio and steps to the orchard with old Westmorland apple species. The kitchen is geared for chefs (yes, you can ask for one) and you’ll find fresh flowers and good wine.
What a spot! East are the Pennines, west for the Lakes, north for Hadrian’s Wall. Walking is sublime.