You’ll feel at home in this house, with its old flagstone floors, gnarled beams, deep window sills and light cascading through sash windows. Everyone can help with cooking – there’s a cupboard full of oils, spices and herbs – and you’ll find Cornish biscuits, Smugglers Brew tea and a bottle of organic Prosecco to get you started. Stock up at Louis farmshop – a short cycle ride, or drive to Tavistock for a farmers’ market most Saturdays as well as independent shops.
Loll about on lots of grass with mowed paths, wander up to Greenscombe Wood for a nature reserve and butterfly spotting. You’re right on the border of two counties (hear the river Tamar rushing along from the house) and you can walk down to the Horsebridge, built in 1437 by French Benedictine monks. On the Devon side you’ll find The Royal Inn for real ales and home cooked food.
Stargazing from the swing under the ancient oak tree while somebody starts a barbecue is magic.