Along narrow lanes through woods and farmland, set on a quiet rural estate, is your traditional 18th-century farmhouse. Filled with family antiques, it is instantly welcoming and perfect for groups of family or friends, with tons of space to spread out, as well as games and a piano to keep everyone entertained. The two sitting rooms have colourful rugs, art on the walls, comfy sofas; and wood-burners make for cosy evenings. The well-stocked kitchen is a convivial space to prepare group feasts before gathering round the big oak table. Up a steep staircase are five bedrooms (with another single downstairs), all painted in soft colours and eclectically furnished. None have en-suites, but the shower rooms (one up, one down) and family bathroom more than suffice. It’s such a homey place you may not want to leave, but there’s heaps to do in the area: walk to Lacey’s Caves, take a ride on the Settle to Carlisle railway, visit nearby Penrith and Keswick or head to the glorious North Lakes. Head home to lap up stunning views of the Pennines as you barbecue on the patio and the kids run wild in the garden.