A magical drive through Swaledale – ‘God’s own country’ – delivers you to little Low Row, a modest hamlet with a civilised pub, and this house on the roadside. Stroll round the back and there it stands in all its double-fronted glory, with a huge portico’d front door and a view to die for. A steep terraced garden leads down to lush farmland and grazing sheep… blow away the cobwebs and hike to Castle Bolton. Being large (eight bedrooms, five bathrooms) this is the perfect party house for families and friends who love this area of Yorkshire and of course the Great Outdoors. Hands-on owner Cath, who still lives locally, has worked her socks off to make it as new. Step inside to find a big dining table in front of an open fire, a sitting room with chesterfield sofas and a snug at the back, a boot room for muddy dogs and wet togs, and a scullery-type kitchen with a gleaming Aga. Sleep like royalty in bedrooms above (super-king beds; one four-poster) decorated and draped in rich traditional colours; soak in deep roll top tubs (all new). Georgian Richmond is 30 minutes away, handsome Reeth is down the road.