This old ale house, formerly run by the wife of the smithy, faces the green in the small village of Dunstan – it’s semi-detached, painted white and has a pleasingly vintage interior – less Cath Kidston, more old country pub. You’ll find a sitting room with a wood-burner (logs too), wooden floors, old mirrors decorating one wall, a ship’s wheel above the fireplace and plantation shutters. The kitchen has a Belfast sink, a ‘battered’ stainless steel topped table, duck egg blue units, slate tiles on the floor and an original painting of cows; a utility room and porch give space for coats, wellies, fishing nets and the like. Upstairs to peaceful bedrooms with vintage fabric curtains, wooden furniture hand painted in different colours, cosy rugs on the beds, views over the green and a bright white bathroom with a claw foot bath and a separate shower. Settle on sunny days in your own enclosed gravel garden with table and chairs, walk to the pub for meals if you feel lazy, or set out to explore Northumberland. Stunning castles, the best beaches, fishing villages, puffins, Holy Island and more are all on your doorstep.