Livery to the side, paddock to the rear: here you are surrounded by horses! And farmland running down to the saltmarshes of the beautiful Dee, an RSPB reserve. Until recently these courtyard cottages – adjoining but independent – were part of a cattle farm; the Bullpen used to house a prize Limousin bull. Now they make two immaculate retreats, awash with comfort for birdwatchers and walkers who love a little bit of luxury. Sandra and Jim who live in The Hall – he the farmer, she the designer – are warm and helpful and show you around. The Hayloft is an upside-down cottage, its bedrooms downstairs, its light airy living room under the rafters. The Bullpen is equally inviting, with an upstairs double furnished in French country style, sparkling bathrooms, smart kitchen and fabrics in a soft open weave. It’s a great place for children: there’s a shared lawn fenced in from the yard and private patios for barbecues. There are estate paths you are welcome to use, and a tennis court on the far side of the drive. Chester’s not far, Heswall is two miles, and the Wirral Way is on the doorstep.