The village of Appleby-in-Westmorland might just spring you a surprise or two.
Nestling beside the River Eden, it hosts one of the biggest horse fairs in Europe that has, for centuries, seen the convergence of thousands of people who meet to buy, sell and admire the majestic animals. The fair usually takes places in the first week in June.
Appleby is also the proud home to some architectural history courtesy of the renowned 19th century architect Sir Robert Smirke, the genius behind the nearby Lowther Castle and the distinctive fa�ade of the British Museum in London. He designed the cloisters of Appleby, which act as a salient divide between St Lawrence's Church and the market place.
For a bit of leisurely activity, Appleby Golf Club is only a five minute drive from the market place. It has a par 68 for men and par 72 for women and has been lauded for the high standard of its green-keeping, making for a pleasantly challenging round in an inspiringly scenic setting.
After you've worked up an appetite on the links, there are a couple of cosy Cumbrian pubs and cafes back in the market place that can satisfy your urge for delicious food and real ale - or delicious ale and real food, depending on your preference.
You can then retire back to one of our equally cosy cottages in Appleby for the night and get yourself ready for another rejuvenating day in the Lake District.