Your stone-built cottage is in a peaceful 17th-century hamlet with a pub that was once a coaching inn on the original route from Scotland to England. You’re steps from the Coquet river; pick up a fishing permit at the bar when the salmon are in season.Friendly owners Lorraine and Paul live next door and take care to meet guests and share their love of the local area. A bountiful welcome basket includes wine, jam, eggs, coffee and chocolate, and Mary Dixon’s lemon drizzle cake. There are also plenty of logs for the wood-burner and slippers in case you’ve forgotten yours.Country walks start from the door, and you can hop in the car to explore the Northumberland coast’s sandy beaches and castles. Return to hearty, locally sourced food from the pub or cook for yourselves in the spick and span kitchen; sit out in the pretty patio or spend cosy evenings in with board games, DVDs and a selection of good books for company.