Our holiday hire in the Lake District was an old converted brewery. What it lacked in interior design - it was a mish mash of 70's era patterned carpeting, ultra plush velour upholstery, and lots and lots of wallpaper which happened a good decade later - it more than made up for in location. There was us and the owners who lived in the tower side of the building. And the sheep. Perfect. : )
We had full days of sightseeing and hiking but evenings were spent on the farm, eating the food we brought from town out on the lawn while the littles put on impromptu shows on the low garden wall. When it got too dark to play outside and the cool ocean breezes blew in, we started a fire inside. The children fell asleep there and were carried up to bed. Early mornings I scoured the shelf of old Reader's Digest Condensed books, reading in the kitchen til they stumbled down one by one.
The guest book yielded some really funny entries. I copied down this one:
"5 hrs from the City of Smoke
is a wonderful place full of very nice folk