A ten-minute stroll over the old river Dee bridge takes you from your gem of a holiday let into the charming walled town of Chester with its myriad boutique shops, bustling cafes and Cathedral. And you’re perfectly placed for Snowdonia, Liverpool and even Manchester. You step through the striking red door of this Grade II listed 1896 cottage into the hall. Branca, a seasoned traveller, has used her knowledge and flair to create a restful place to unwind: a comfy living room with wooden floors and squishy sofas in front of the fire, a smart dining room and a well-equipped kitchen where you can release your inner Nigella. All is neat as a pin and there are lots of lovely touches: hairdryers, logs for the wood-burner, Smart TV, games, books… Upstairs to three light, airy bedrooms with super mattresses, rugs on stripped floors and a neutral palette and it’s back downstairs for the spoiling bathroom stocked with Neal’s Yard goodies and fluffy towels. Outside there’s a courtyard area with barbecue and bike storage; and best of all there’s free on street parking out the back.