Wake to distant steam train, church bells, tinkling goats and rustling trees. You look out from this beautifully worn Bath stone coach house over Limpley Stoke valley – peaceful, rural, timeless. The renovation has been sleekly done, yet the feel of the old building remains: original wide doors, arched or round windows and deep sills. Step into a big open-plan space with tip-top kitchen at one end, sofas and huge double doors opening onto the gravelled terrace at the other. Walls are clad in wide painted boards, floors are flagged and heated; attractive cupboards topped with oak contain all you need to cook for two or a party. Up the sisal stairs to luxurious bedrooms with Marimekko wallpapers, perfect linen and local art. Nifty wet rooms have proper showers and Cowshed lotions. Pretty Freshford is thriving with inn, post office, and brilliant shop/café selling a great range of organic local food – Selina leaves you a delicious breakfast hamper and wine. The train to Bath is a five-minute stroll; Selina knows the area well and can advise on all things Babington, theatres, festivals, walks and cycle paths. Lovely.