Even looking at the pictures brings us joy so we can’t imagine how happy-making it would be to wake up at Rita Konig’s North Farm. Book it for Christmas or New Year (it’s just come up for rent but you’ll need to be quick!) and you could have a very merry house party of friends to fill the 7/8 bedrooms. Surrounded by 380 acres of countryside near Darlington, return from wintery walks to snug sitting rooms with plump cushions, and baths with views and plenty of hot water to go round. It’s yours for £4,500 per week over Christmas and New Year, or from £2,500 a week at other times.