A delicious, tranquil setting down a gravelled track and completely private; the only sound is the splash of trout in the Eden river (rushing through the bottom of the garden) and the wind off the fells. Two 1850 railway workers’ cottages in sandstone have been combined to create a large, light-filled house with a jolly stylish interior – perfect for large families or groups. The owner has a canny eye for lovely things hence the glorious mix of textures, fabrics and styles. There’s oodles to do as well, with toys, books and games (find a badminton set and bows and arrows in the big brolly stand) and a heavenly garden to spill into for picnics. Cooks will be happy in the very swish open plan kitchen with its Aga-style cooker and plenty of pots and pans, others can idle on huge squashy sofas in front of an open fire – there’s a great record collection too. A separate snug study with a big TV is handy for the kids. Bedrooms are all individual, very pretty and inviting with feather duvets and pillows, crisp white cotton, soft Brora throws, faded linen and thick towels. Fish, walk, visit the Lakes, enjoy absolute freedom.