Rosemary, warm and cultured, and Garlic the terrier, greet you with homemade cake and encourage you to feel at home. Her bright home and its bookshelves reflect her interests in art and history. She’ll happily arrange collection from the railway station or bus stop; a packed lunch for a day out – perhaps to Hadrian’s Wall, or the races – will be no problem either.
Breakfasts in the kitchen/dining room can be as leisurely as you like, with homemade jams and muesli and traditionally cured bacon. And you’re welcome to take your coffee and a newspaper and relax in the little courtyard or sitting room before strolling across the park to the Abbey, museum or market.
Join one of several heritage walks around the town or hike through the wonderful National Park which incorporates the International Dark Skies Park. Return for a hot bath, much warmth and comfort and a short stroll into town for supper.