The road that leads you into the Derwent Valley is stunning: through verdant trees you catch a glimpse of two majestic reservoirs, then suddenly the Howden Dam tower looms into view, and there is your smartly converted 17th-century barn slap bang next to it. Step into a soaring open plan space with stone walls, wooden rafters and floors; a big wood-burner (logs on the house), thick rugs, lamps and pale blue sofas and armchair keep you snug. At the back of this room is a big dining table for hearty meals and behind that a good-sized kitchen. Big open stairs (beware toddlers) take you up to neat bedrooms with views – one’s on the mezzanine – and modern bathrooms. Outside: two acres for kids to run riot (there’s a games room in another barn) and a patio for the grownups to loll on. This is a delicious part of the world for walking – from flat gentle walks to the rolling Peaks for the adventurous. And there’s heaps to do and see: Chatsworth House, Peveril Castle, Bakewell, Buxton, and buzzing Sheffield’s only 15 miles. Then back to utter peace and quiet.