You have your own entrance to a converted pigsty and your hosts are charming and generous so join is as much, or as little, as you want. Joanna is in her element creating organic breakfasts: homemade granola, fresh juice from their apples, often home baked bread and a full English if you want it – eat round the family dining table or in the private kitchen.
She’ll happily rustle up a packed lunch for you so hikers can walk up to White Horse Hill (four miles) or connect with the Ridgeway for 87 miles of glorious downland, secluded valleys and woodland. You’re near to elegant Buscot Park and the Faringdon Collection which includes paintings by Rembrandt and Murillo.
Bedrooms are sumptuous with underfloor heating, speedy broadband and plenty of books but you can also use the Stable barn with a cosy wood-burner and a telly which can play DVDs. The walled garden is yours to sit in on balmy days, you can walk up to the gallops on the edge of the farm to watch the horses train, and Joanna can give you an organic supper – she is an outstanding cook.