18th-century Shieldhall is the Robinson-Gay family’s home and they’re converting the low stone barn at right angles to it into three cottages.
The middle one, Mahogany Suite, is ready and handsomely furnished. Your big arched door opens out onto the peaceful courtyard. Inside, it’s easy open-plan living all on one floor, with low beams, local prints and handcrafted pieces made by the family their furniture-making workshop is onsite and youre welcome to visit.
Head out for a stroll around the garden and fields beyond. The National Trust’s Palladian Wallington Hall is your nearest neighbour, Newcastle and Hadrians Wall are half an hour’s drive and you can order a generous picnic hamper if you want a day out walking.