Gerald’s beloved cows, ‘Ethel’, ‘Ruby’, ‘Peach’ and ‘Roxy’, may have moved to pastures new, but the creatively converted stables and milking parlours they once inhabited have been named in their honour. Five lovely red-brick cottages now stand in this peaceful farmyard on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. A couple of Highland cattle remain, but this has been transformed into a bucolic retreat where families and friends can relax in cosy barn conversions with private courtyards. Rustic comfort and style combine, with Shaker kitchens, imaginative furniture crafted from reclaimed wood, and wonderful freestanding baths – some in the bedroom. Ranch-style interiors are an inspiration, and although décor varies, there’s an emphasis on relaxed, rural style throughout; cowhide sofas are a jaunty nod to the past, while wood-burners in ‘Ruby’s Retreat’ and ‘Ethel’s Escape’ provide warmth on cold evenings. A brilliant games room is well-stocked with DVDs, table football and a pool table, but if you’d rather head out, there’s a pub in the village and wonderful walks from the door. York is a short drive for history and culture.