Drive through the white gate and listed pillars to a house that began in 1211. You’ll fall in love the moment you arrive, and your hosts’ enthusiasm is infectious. Guests are spoiled in off-beat boutique style in one beautiful, sprawling wing: dining and lounging downstairs, and four bedrooms up. It is sumptuous and gorgeous but definitely not swanky and the attention to detail is delightful: hot water bottles, sweeties, cookies, natural toiletries, bikes and food that tastes as gorgeous as it looks. Lose yourself in 25 acres of woods, water meadows and historic gardens – or sally forth, to Padstow and Rock.