A huge privilege to stay here surrounded by much history and private access to the gardens once visitors have gone for the day. You can also do courses in willow weaving and botanical art. Your home from home was once the singeing house for the groom and is prettily Victorian with stone mullions and a fabulous vaulted ceiling in the upstairs sitting room.
Walk straight into the kitchen, which has a drinks cooler and all the stuff you need to cook up a storm – you’ll also find milk, butter, a loaf of bread from the nearby Hambleton bakery, a home-baked cake by Fred’s sister Davina and some sloe gin. Workaholics will appreciate the desk in the sitting room and those who prefer to switch off can choose a book and find a place in the garden or by the wood-burner when it’s chilly.
Pack up a picnic on sunny days and find your own spot, hire bikes and enjoy relatively flat paths, chat to the gardeners and get tips for your own patch.