A cluster of ivy-clad stone buildings set in three acres of greenery, Lancashire restaurant with rooms Hipping Hall is a lovingly restored 15th-century hamlet. In contrast to the soothing neutrals and airy tranquility of the bedrooms, the reception room, bar and lounge are strikingly opulent, with just a dash of kitsch. The elegant bathrooms have all been designed in a different natural stone, with deep double-ended baths.
The thing to do in this beautiful area is walk: take in the views, visit the Ingleton waterfalls and caves (www.ingletonwaterfalls.co.uk) and drop by Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage en route (www.wordsworth.org.uk). Get high on the astonishing views from the basket of a hot-air balloon as it floats above the Lune Valley with Virgin Balloon Flights (www.virginballoonflights.co.uk).