Pam and art restorer Richard are chatty and friendly – they love having guests, and are happy to advise on trips. Their converted barn has an artistic vibe throughout. The big, attractive open-plan living space has a galleried landing above; airy bedrooms have soaring beams, striking light fittings, colourful throws; bathrooms are smart. Pam likes to cook so you’re in for a treat: tuck in to local produce, eggs from the hens, homemade granola, breads and jams; delicious, perhaps Lebanese or Moroccan, dishes for dinner too. The 50 acres are yours to wander: farmland, woods, a beck – and there’s a four-mile Heritage Trail to Bentham.