Drive past heather-covered hills and unruffled sheep to reach this neat place in the Dales. Built in the 19th century, the cottage stands in a cluster of old farmworkers’ houses all spruced up with smart front doors and pretty gardens. Downstairs there’s a snug sitting room with a beamed ceiling, a stripped pine table and a wood-burner (logs are on the house). It’s all as neat-as-a-pin in the light-filled kitchen with its Belfast sink, all the stuff you need and checked blinds at the windows. Head upstairs to sleep in a calming room with a white iron bedstead, soft feather pillows, exposed brick walls and a fireplace stacked with logs; help yourselves to Oakwood aromatics in the spruce little bathroom. In sunny weather you can sit in the garden or take a bottle of wine and stoke up the BBQ beside the restored summerhouse. It’s a short stroll to the Black Swan at Fearby for good pub food and you can organise bikes (Yorkshire hasn’t been the same since the Tour de France) to explore this part of Yorkshire at a gentler pace. Ripon Cathedral, The Druid’s Temple and the brewery town of Masham are close.