No wonder Geordies are generally happy – they’ve got this lot on their doorstep: unbroken views of green fields, sheep and clumps of woodland, open skies, the Cheviots, white and long sandy beaches, frothy green sea, mysterious old castles. Your timber-framed space with cedar cladding is light and airy with a gigantic picture window in the open-plan sitting room; sit warmly and safely by the wood-burning stove in winter and the moody weather will put on a show. The kitchen is off here so whoever is cooking won’t feel left out – they’ll also find clean lines, cream cupboards and plenty of equipment. Bedrooms are all on the same floor and there shouldn’t be a quarrel over who has which – they’re all lovely and all big and all have their own super bathroom and door to a decked area of the garden. The building, in isolation at the top of a rugged drive, is next to an older house (also rented as a holiday home) but cleverly designed so you can’t see it – the feel is still private. Underfloor heating keeps you warm in the most cutting weather, spill outside on sunny days and become part of the view.