I have the chance to tour the north of England and there is a particularly gorgeous area near the Lakes that has not had any of my attention to date. Most of the properties up there are dark, slate roofed with heavy emphasis on all weather terrain type activity. There are not as many cute chocolate box style thatched cottages as such – for some reason, this economical and usually free, roofing material doesn’t seem to have made it very much further north than the midlands area. I like to be able to hire a really old cottage that has very thick walls. The feeling that this place has stood the test of time. The thought that many a family has lived in the cottage, babies of all generations will have been born and raised in it is wonderful – it makes the whole process of looking after cottages and hiring them out worth the while!