Drive through the lodge gates, down the woodland drive, over the burn, and there is the house: big, beautiful and Georgian. Katie, the loveliest of hosts, greets you with a pot of tea, a homemade cake and a chat – in the garden on sunny days or in the drawing room by the fire.The gardens are charming, the setting is magical. As for the bedrooms, they’re spacious and comfortable, with baths to wallow in and views over manicured lawns. Wander the grounds as the sun begins to set or hop in the car for the Barrasford Arms; it’s two miles.The house stands alone in beautiful countryside, so ask Katie for maps: foot paths criss-cross this wild land. Browse the lovely market town of Hexham and the Roman town of Corbridge (ten miles). Not much further is Housesteads Roman Fort, part of Hadrian’s Wall… the walk from here to Steel Rigg is stunning.