The cottage is easily found, but quietly tucked away above the hamlet of Henshaw in the South Tyne Valley. On one side is the North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty and Northumberland National Park on the other. When it comes to places to see, you are spoiled for choice - Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site is a Roman stone's throw away, beyond that is Kielder Forest, the largest of its kind in Europe.
Even if you go no further than along the South Tyne Valley, you'll find lots of small market towns and picturesque villages like Hexham and Corbridge. Visit historic Allen Banks, for a walk along the secluded River Allen. If you want to get active, bring your canoe, mountain bike, golf clubs or running shoes - there's plenty of chances to use them. Bring a good book, stretch out on the patio and recharge your batteries.