Two miles from Ullswater, up a narrow lane, a cluster of old farm dwellings and a delightful semi-detached cottage come into view – a little slice of heaven. Stone and wood have been brought to life with a flourish, and slate and Herdwick wool added for authenticity – along with fresh flowers, L’Occitane toiletries, wonderful old photographs. The owners’ attention to detail is exemplary. The sitting room’s creamy walls are flooded with sunlight from windows running along one wall, and huge trusses reclaimed from a Cumbrian barn feature in the kitchen. A fireplace sits under a stone lintel in the separate dining room; a slate-lined shower room sparkles at the foot of the stairs. Upstairs are white cotton bedcovers, red butterflies fluttering across a blind and a big white double-ended bath tub from which you may gaze on the shimmering fells. The semi-wild garden at the back runs up the hill, the smaller sunny enclosed one at the front overlooks fields of lambs, and there’s a bottle of prosecco and cakes waiting on arrival. Never mind a week’s let: we’d move in tomorrow!