A mere twelve months ago - before the world hoarded loo paper and pasta - Brownber Hall and owners Peter and Amanda Jacque-Walker welcomed stressed-out city folk, avid cyclists and loved-up couples into their converted Victorian abode. Now, as social distancing methods become the norm, they've pivoted from boutique bolthole to private rental and left enough snacks in the welcome hamper to keep your siblings from squabbling. Snug between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District's less-visited valleys, the house sleeps 15 guests across eight bohemian bedrooms crammed with the kind of antiques your granny would love, thrifty eBay finds and beds handmade by the neighbouring blacksmith. Just remember to pack your swimsuit - the area's known for its serene wild swimming spots - hiking boots and a few board games. Peter and Amanda will be on hand (via WhatsApp) to suggest the best walking routes and where to go to see the stars - Yorkshire's Dark Sky Reserve is just up the road - or simply settle in to scoff the welcome hamper. We'd suggest shotgunning Ma Walker's marmalade; it has won countless awards.
Newbiggin-on-Lune Kirkby Stephen CA17 4NX