This is a ‘joining in’ sort of place for couples who love the countryside: foraging, nature trails for children, dreamy sunsets from a hammock chair in the woods, paddling in the stream, cooking outdoors, endless walks through beautiful landscapes – it’s all easy thanks to next-door owners Matt (who created the beds from recycled finds and bakes a great loaf) and lovely Polly, nifty at crochet. Inside your converted barn you’ll find wooden floors with a jumble of rugs and mats, a huge wood-burner with stacks of logs, two squishy sofas, reclaimed lamps, blossom in jars and plenty of books and games. All is colourful too (bright greens and blues, warm reds) and the feel is light and spacious, not cramped. The grown up bedroom has an enormous bed with a Matt-inspired scaffolding headboard and an extra day bed in antique wood; adventurous types will be thrilled with the iron steps and canvas door into the tent room under the eaves. You can cook up a storm in a good space with a big red dresser, fun Nkuku screwtop stools and a pretty view to the garden. You’re near Longtown for fabulous organic food – stock up and stay put.