On a hillside, this Grade II listed 16th-century fortified farmhouse (a cunningly christened 'bastle') is a mere 300 yards from Hadrian's Wall and has 'stunning' views over the Irthing valley. Elaine Packer welcomes guests to her 'beautifully furnished' B&B with tea and home-made cake in the 'magnificent' drawing room; locally sourced breakfasts, ordered the night before, are 'delicious'. Walkers and cyclists are welcomed; packed lunches available (£6). Lounge (library, wood-burning stove), breakfast room; terrace. No background music. Free Wi-Fi. 1-acre garden. Parking; secure cycle storage. Near Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald. 3 bedrooms. Per person B&B £42.50--£62.50. Closed Dec--Feb
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