Dream up an occasion and head for Rennington House! A classic Georgian farmhouse, it’s smart, in a family-friendly way with green views, in an acre of lawned garden, three minutes’ walk from the excellent village pub, four miles from handsome Alnwick and close to vast sandy stretches of Northumbrian coast. Great for bird watching and castle visiting, this is golfing and field sports country too. You can have a couple of dogs indoors and hire or stable your own horses. Everything here, from boot room to bedroom, has been well thought through; centrally heated and double-glazed. The kitchen lacks nothing – there’s a family/games room off it – you can all eat there or in the dining room with its hunting prints and piano. Any amount of catering can be arranged and, if you’ve something big to celebrate, the beamed barn (with trampoline and table tennis) transforms into a party room at the drop of a hat or two. You’ve a big, light, relaxing sitting room with open fire; the four first-floor bedrooms share the big bathroom; the other two (up a fairly steep stair), a good shower room. All very comfortable and welcoming.