Overlooking the lovely Howgill Fells, perfectly placed for both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, delightful Brownber Hall is a modern take on the quintessential English country home, complete with charming hosts. Human rights barrister Amanda Walker and artist Peter Jaques dreamed of escaping the city and when they discovered this early Victorian house in the secret Lune Valley, they knew they had struck gold. Now immaculately restored, with many original features, including stained glass windows and William Morris wallpaper, it offers eight cosy and chic bedrooms, a stylish and homely sitting room and a laid-back restaurant serving homemade sourdough pizzas and Italian specialities, cooked by Peter. Breakfast is a feast of homemade granola and local sausages and bacon, plus Amanda’s mother’s marmalade. The house is full of lovely things, there’s an honesty bar (a retro cocktail bar), a freshly baked cake each teatime, a warm welcome and above all a sense of wellbeing that only good living in the countryside can bring.
The Smardale Gill Old Viaduct. A charming one-hour stroll through the Smardale Gill Nature Reserve will take you to this impressive 900 foot high viaduct, set within a secluded valley.
Brownber sourdough toast with homemade marmalade. The sourdough takes three days to make, and it’s delicious.
Chocolate truffles from the Kennedys chocolate factory in Orton, or cheese from the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.