You’re encouraged to feel very much at home here – John and Janey are friendly souls. Tuck into homemade scones in front of a cosy log fire in the drawing room or the sunny conservatory overlooking the crisp topiary. Breakfast is served in the oak panelled dining room: sausages and bacon from Sizergh Castle (John’s family home), homemade yogurt with berries and honey, good local artisan bread.
In summer take a glass of wine to the terrace, or wander the three-acre garden – you’ll spot a hare if you’re lucky and many birds, there’s also a rookery here. Walkers will set off for miles (join the Lancaster Canal Walk from the house) and return to a boot room for wet or muddy gear.
You’re just one and a half miles from Kendal for plenty of artisan shops, cinema, arts centre and good restaurants. Return to comfortable bedrooms off a book-lined corridor and marvel at the peace.