Imagine staying on a sheep-dotted, beck-babbled, early 18th-century estate – ‘the secret jewel of Lower Wensleydale.’ Emma and Charles, lovers of animals, art and Yorkshire, have created four stunning apartments in the listed stable block, so you’ll meet other guests, but once upstairs and inside the Hayloft you’ll feel very private. It’s big – a wow of a space, with pendants hanging from high rafters and a half-wall separating the bed and freestanding bath from the sofas and sleek kitchen. It also oozes luxury: a drenching shower and toasty floors, a wood-burner and WiFi, books and magazines, soothing colours and impeccable linen. You’ll find shared seating on an outdoor deck, barbecue, laundry, and good pubs nearby. Hands on hosts give you free run of the estate and you can use the tennis court in summer so don’t forget your kit. You’re bang in the Dales for market towns, castles, Betty’s tea room and great walking, starting with the private parkland in front of the house. On rainy days just snuggle up by the wood-burner and relish the peace.