Good for foodies, anglers, photographers and ramblers – a peaceful cottage steps from the river Coquet and a much-visited pub. Pick up a fishing permit from the bar, then return later to feast on hearty, locally sourced food. Your stone-built cottage stands in a pretty row dating back to the 17th century. Owners Lorraine and Paul live next door and take care to meet guests and share their love of the local area. You’re in very good hands here; a welcome basket including wine, homemade cake, eggs and Nespresso pods is one of many thoughtful touches. Walk into a small lobby with space for muddy boots, then through to an airy, open-plan room. Stag’s antlers are stylishly mounted above a white wood-burner facing a plump leather sofa, while wooden floors and cream walls create a bright feel throughout. A spick and span kitchen/diner with an ercol table has all a cook may need. After a cosy night by the fire, head upstairs to watch spectacular sunsets over the Simonside hills and sleep in a sleigh bed dressed in fine white linen; the sparkling bathroom has fragrant lotions and potions. Walks start from the door.