Originally a drover’s inn, the house was extended over time and became a school in 1850. Now two comfortable sitting rooms, both with open fires and a vast supply of logs, welcome you. For rainy days there’s a selection of books for all ages, board games, a DVD player and films.
The garden is magical; overlooked only by curious sheep, with a river running at the bottom and circled by an original drystone wall. You may spot herons, buzzards, deer and red squirrels. There’s a barbecue out here for al fresco meals and a fire pit to gather around when the light fades.
Walk beside the river – Shinnel Water – into Stenhouse Wood, an ancient woodland of ash, wych elm and oak. It has an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Nip out in the car, there are two villages nearby; castles and coast a bit further.