This was Henry’s great great aunt’s art studio, with large windows facing north. You’ll feel quite private in this open-plan space with stone mullion windows, a baby grand piano and original art and antiques. The bedroom is upstairs with stacked wooden book shelves, lovely views and the best possible mattresses on a large double and an extra single (plus a sofa bed for one more); back downstairs is the shower room.
The kitchen is a decent size, colourful and with a dresser full of vintage china. Basics are left for you and also a loaf of bread, cake, eggs and apples if they have them. You can also buy their own jams, marmalades, sausages and bacon. If you know you’re going to be late in arriving Anna is happy to leave you a cold platter of meat, cheeses, bread and fruit, and if you can’t be bothered with breakfast you can walk up to the house and have it with the B&B guests.
The garden is yours to roam: pack a picnic and find a table among the quiet, ancient trees and much birdsong.