Find a heap of good things when you arrive: a generous pack including homemade cake, flowers, fresh fruit, milk, wine, Pilgrim’s coffee from Holy Island, chocolate from Alnwick, local papers. And on top, you can order a brimming breakfast hamper, meat for a week, local pies, a fridge full when you arrive, a chef to cook for you…Stare at the amazing views both north and south from the big open-plan living room/kitchen; light the wood-burner and play games; put on DVDs – the screen is big. You’ll love cooking here – incredible kitchen with huge central island and absolutely every mod con you can think of. Most of the bedrooms have doors out to the terrace – drift off to gentle baaing.Spa treatments can be organised, bikes too if you fancy exploring without the car, and you can walk from the walled garden into meadows and fells. Watch the sunsets from the wooden deck, cook on the barbecue on balmy eves – there’s a great big table to gather round. For dinner out, try The Tree House Restaurant in Alnwick (seven miles) or Felton’s Northumberland Arms which is a bit further.