Your apartment, part of Lorraine and Martyn’s attractive 1840s sandstone house, sits in six green acres overlooking parkland and the Pennines. Tall ceilings and huge windows draw light into calm, uncluttered rooms: Laura Ashley sofas in front of a wood-burner, TV and DVDs, books on shelves, pictures on muted walls, a decent sized table for convivial meals. Down two steps to the small but perfectly formed kitchen with everything you need to rustle up a meal. There’s plenty of simple white crockery and good quality glasses too. Bedrooms are a soothing antidote to a day spent in bracing fresh air: firm mattresses on pretty beds, splashes of colour in cushions and curtains, fresh flowers on dressing tables and fireplaces. Helpful Lorraine leaves a hamper of local produce and homemade cake, which you can enjoy in the privacy of your own courtyard, or you can pop over to thriving Dalston with its pubs, cafés, shops and good eateries. Outdoorsy types will be happy in walking, cycling, fishing country: The Lake District National Park is ten minutes by car, Hadrian’s Wall, the Reivers route and the Northern Fells are all close.