The house that my family live in is very old and extremely draughty. It is lovely to visit at any time of year but in the Autumn and Winter the house comes alive.
Bitterly cold, yes, (don't forget your slippers! And woolies!) but a log fire in nearly every room, the aga grumbling away in the kitchen producing delicious pies, cakes and soups, and the old trees filling the garden with golden and orange leaves. This was my weekend and it was lovely.
The house is near to a small woods and Smithills Coaching House, a beautiful 14th century hall and coaching house. We pootled around the grounds (which are open and free any time) after breakfast today, and I took some snaps. Definitely worth a trip if you're ever up northerly.