From the cobbled pavement planted with little trees to the split-level terrace that catches the sun, you could believe you’re in a French valley rather than an English village whose lucky residents now have a third offering from the Cheshire Cat team. The Roebuck dates back to 1708 and has been restored with extraordinary love and style. Rustic shutters, shipped from France along with the beds, sit prettily on the pink-brick masonry. Café tables, wine-red leather settles, mirrors, candles and a host of wine bottles make a colourful backdrop for tasty lunches and dinners with a Mediterranean flavour: Toulouse sausage cassoulet, classic croque monsieur, smoked mackerel and orzo salad with orange and dill. Sample local craft beers and ciders, or let the wine list tempt you. Six double bedrooms, two on the ground floor, four upstairs, are full of colour, warmth and texture: embroidered brocades, leather armchairs, even funky pony skins. All have sparkling bathrooms and the best (Bobal) has a woodburner between the bed and bath. A true gem.