Such a pretty sandstone house in the strawberry gothic style: the front half is devoted to guests with a big drawing room for afternoon tea in front of a wood-burner on chilly days, a huge dining room of the antlers and family oils variety and an elegant morning room. High ceilings and vast sash windows allow light to flood in and the views over the pretty gardens are seductive.
Start the day with a full Northumbrian: Manor bangers (made especially for them by the brilliant, local butcher), bacon, eggs (any way you like them), tomatoes, mushrooms and Northumbrian black pudding. Brunch can be ordered on lazy days and you can eat in the garden when it’s warm enough. Bedrooms are generous with a Nespresso machine (coffee from Coffee and Kin). Bathrooms offer up White Company lotions and potions and a snifter of something nice.
Wander over to say hello to those mysterious wild cattle, spot deer, brown hares, many species of birds and red squirrels. Immerse yourself in this gorgeous county.