'Built 180 years ago, this Victorian gentleman's fantasy has become a wildly grand yet intimate green retreat,' says Alastair. 'One of Simon and Wendy's passions is slow living, so recycled finds mix with antiques, open fires crackle with estate logs, veg comes from the kitchen garden, and hens are fed on kitchen waste.' Ideally located a few hours drive between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Where South Stainmore, near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria,CA17 4DE (01768 341937; www.stayinacastle.com)
How much doubles from £160, B&B