Settle into the dining room for breakfast with a view through to the conservatory, where there’s a huge mimosa tree. Your kind host Judith will treat you like one of the family, adapting breakfasts to all tastes – in summer they might include mulberries from the garden. Bedrooms and bathrooms are comfortably old-fashioned; find tea trays, antiques and lovely garden or river views.
Leave the car here and hop on a bus (every half hour) to Cambridge, 10 miles away, for colleges and shops. Families can walk to Linton zoo or an indoor play centre, and children will love looking out for the muntjac deer that raid the garden, and ducks bringing their broods onto the lawn.
The Icknield Way – the oldest road in Britain – can be joined in the village for glorious walking and you can take a tour of the local vineyard, Chilford Hall. Bring back a bottle to sip with a picnic in the garden or walk to one of the village pubs for dinner.