Down lanes edged with dry stone walls and hedges, with distant views of the Lakeland mountains… what peace! You feel instantly at home too, in a house full of books and colour. Bedrooms come with a jar of Cate’s homemade brownies, a bowl of fruit and a deep mattress: owls hooting you to sleep in one, privacy in the wing, snug simplicity in Ben’s Cabin. Wake to fresh juice, pancakes, homemade bread, local bacon and sausages, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Puffin the dog, cats Fuss and Bother, a host of hens and a big garden add to the charm. Perfect for cycling, a hop from Windermere and eating out in pretty Cartmel is a treat.