A lovely little inn in the middle of a pretty village that’s surrounded by wonderful walking country. It’s all things to all men – a smart restaurant, a lively bar, pretty rooms – and very dog-friendly. A stream runs through the big garden, where you can eat in good weather; free-range hens live in one corner. Inside, country interiors fit the mood perfectly. You get fresh flowers, tartan carpets, games and books galore. There’s a bar for local ales, a sitting-room bar with an open fire, but the hub of the hotel is the bar in the middle, where village life gathers. You can eat wherever you want – there’s an airy restaurant, too – so dig into delicious country fare, with meat from the hills around you: perhaps venison tartare, followed by sea bream or roast local pheasant and a sharp lemon posset to finish. Pretty bedrooms are fantastic for the money. Expect warm colours and super bathrooms; one suite has a wood-burner. Stunning walking waits, the Lakes and Dales are close.