This gorgeous Lakeland inn, once a Georgian farmhouse, seems lost to the world, yet it’s only a couple of miles from Grasmere. In summer you sit in the peaceful garden with local sheep for company and dig into afternoon tea; in winter you order a pint at the bar, then roast away in front of the fire. You’re in an unblemished village that stands back from the water in the shade of forested hills. Inside, beautiful interiors are part country house, part village inn. There’s a grand piano in the dining room, ancient slate floors in the bar, then big sofas and lovely art in the airy sitting room. Upstairs, stylish rooms have warm colours, local wool carpets, big beds and Mulberry fabrics. Some have padded window seats, others are open to the eaves, all have excellent bathrooms; those at the front have views of lake and mountain. Downstairs, you find the sort of food you hanker for after a day in the hills, perhaps bouillabaisse, steak and kidney pie, banana gingerbread with toffee sauce. Walks start from the front door, there’s croquet on the lawn, they even grow their own vegetables.