Journey along the winding, rural road, then drop steeply down to the cobbled yard where this Victorian farmhouse rests in its valley home; the views are fabulous. It’s the ideal launch pad for explorations of the Yorkshire Dales and easy-going Julia sets the bar high when it comes to the interiors, matching new with vintage beautifully. In the huge farmhouse kitchen there’s a perfect dash of ‘shabby chic’. In the luxurious bedrooms, Lloyd Loom cabinets sit next to mahogany sleigh beds, original Peter Blakes compete for attention with views through tall sash windows, and bathrooms have warm toasty floors. After an afternoon fishing (the river’s at the end of the garden and you may spot the occasional deer) warm yourself by the fire in the elegant dining room, or relax in the cosy sitting room. A short walk across fields brings you to a barn housing a fabulous pool, sauna, gym and jacuzzi; you may be in the sticks but you’re not short of luxury! Take the scenic road to the market towns of Richmond and Swaledale – there’s a reassuring timelessness to it all. Wonderful.