Rosemary’s end-terrace, Victorian house is in a quiet cul-de-sac, and the serenity of Hexham Abbey is just across the park. Calm and welcoming, it’s filled with antiques, books, colourful rugs and paintings. The bedroom is fresh with country colours, handsome family pieces, flowers and books; the airy bathroom has big blue towels and good soaps. Breakfast, including homemade bread and muesli, is super-flexible; relax with newspapers and coffee in the snug, pretty sitting room or in the little south-facing courtyard. Rosemary, warm and cultured, and Garlic the terrier, greet you with homemade cake and encourage you to feel at home.