Masses of history and oodles of character at this timbered listed house with high chimneys, dating from 1187… no wonder film companies are keen to get through the arched entrance and into the courtyard! The vast dining room is a dramatic setting for breakfast: sausages from Sue’s pigs, home-baked bread and croissants, plum and mulberry jam from the gardens. Windows on both sides bring light into the fire-warmed drawing room with leather sofas, gleaming furniture, family bits and bobs, pictures galore. Sleep soundly in comfortable, country-house style bedrooms (one with gorgeous yellow panelling). The peaceful, pretty village is full of good places to eat.