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 cling to the wood-burner; a big dining table accompanies a brilliantly kitted kitchen.
Settle into the snug lined with books and with its own view. Down the beamed corridor are two bedrooms: a super king and a twin with en suite shower rooms. 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.