If you haven’t been to Northumberland before then you’ll be thrilled to enter a world of rolling hills chopped up by dry stone walls, lonely Roman roads (not much has changed here since they shouldered through), acres of pine forests, and a pleasing dearth of other human beings. Come to walk along bridle paths, footpaths and well-worn sheep paths across to Vindolanda, the Roman fort and the Wall.
Inside is generous, light and roomy with a humongous kitchen, French doors to the garden, smart TV, a mix of old prints of the county and plenty of castles, plus a big OS map on the wall. Views from all windows are far-reaching and will tempt you outside again and again. Wander down to fish in the river South Tyne (permits available) or hire bikes and head for the hills.
You can walk off-road to the nearest town, Hexham, three miles, which has good independent shops, a train station and a rather fine Abbey.