Carolyn is a superb cook; breakfast on homemade bread, jams and marmalade, eggs from their hens, local sausages and bacon. You eat around the big dining table with other guests.
The Dowies’ handsome farmhouse and gardens are deeply peaceful and you can make yourself completely at home. Watch birds from a comfortable chair outside, sit and read in your airy bedroom or take a cup of tea to the guest sitting room and throw another log on the fire.
You can walk from the house (or drive ten minutes) to Hadrian’s Wall. Corbridge and Hexham have plenty of interest for an afternoon out and hum with shops, cafés and restaurants. Bring a group of friends for a walking holiday if you stay between June and October – Lex is hugely knowledgeable about the county.