Beneath watercolour-washed Cumrew Fell, in the quietest corner of Cumbria’s Eden Valley, rests the Hayloft – simple on the outside, light-filled and cosy within (a wood-fired biomass boiler keeps you toasty). There’s a skilful mix of space, comfort, originality and tradition here; pull off your walking boots and pad up wooden stairs to the lovely long-beamed living space. Sofas pull up to the wood-burner; a big dining table accompanies a brilliantly kitted kitchen. There’s even a snug lined with books, with its own view. Down the beamed corridor are two en suite bedrooms: both super-kings with silky cushions, crisp ivory linen and shower rooms with chequerboard floors; a third en suite double room is across the courtyard – lovely and light. The Hayloft adjoins the Georgian house where the owners live but you’re pretty private here, and may use the walled garden; fire up the barbecue on a summer’s evening. Black grouse can be spotted on the local RSPB reserve; the Coast to Coast cycle route starts from the door; fell walks abound. Carlisle is ten miles, the Lakes and the Scottish Borders are not much further.