Gorgeous countryside in this neck of the woods, rolling and lush, with a posse of sheep round every corner. The house, cottage and six acres of orchard and paddock stand on their own, with heart-stopping views. Inside the cottage the style is an enticing mix of modern and vintage with two bedrooms downstairs and a master up top. We loved the ground-floor double bedroom, calming and cosy, but the top suite is a wow, with three separate spaces and a French-style bed. Snuggle up by the wood-burner for a cosy night in with a basket of logs on the house and a plasma TV; in summer, drift onto the patio with furniture, barbecue (gas provided) and views. You’re left with basics in the cupboards and a welcome pack of locally sourced fresh bread, eggs from the hens outside, butter, milk, cheese and a bottle of wine. As for pubs, you’re spoilt: the Coach & Horses at Bolton by Bowland, the legendary Inn at Whitewell, the Spread Eagle at Sawley, down the road.