It’s wonderfully wild up here, the skies are huge and the drive up the dale is thrilling. The Clarks’ Victorian farm was once home to a cousin of Charles Darwin; their passion is for sustainable farming in a wildlife haven they can share with others. With 380 acres above 400m – many of them peaty moorland – it’s an exhilarating challenge. One of their latest achievements is a brilliant, spacious bird hide by the river, so birdwatchers and nature spotters will be happy. Both converted barns are on three floors with stone stairs, wooden floors, exposed rafters and long views. Characterful, comfortable rooms have a happy mix of new, vintage and up-cycled pieces – and Fiona’s very good watercolours (talk to her too about the great food they can supply). Beds have sprung mattresses and goose down duvets; kitchens, sleek and well equipped, are built by craftsmen. Children can watch chickens laying breakfast eggs, and you’re on the Dales Way – bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Chris will take you on a farm tour and explain all. Sustainable and special: no kitten heels – but no hair shirts either!