Gather up the whole clan and head to Northumberland for a big house party with children and dog – there’s much to occupy them in the beamed barn with a trampoline and table tennis, and a family room indoors with books, games and DVDs. And a huge garden to safely charge about in.
Housekeeper Joyce will leave you a basket of logs and a bucket of coal, as well something home-baked and fresh-cut flowers; she’ll happily give you tips on what to do and where to go during your stay.
The kitchen is big enough for all to be seated without jostling (catering can be arranged), or you can choose the more formal dining room – pretty for candle-lit dinners. You’re a short walk to a friendly village pub and a quick drive from vast stretches of perfect white sand with proper dunes.