Those who appreciate English elegance will feel very much at home in this beautiful 18th-century weavers’ cottage with mullioned windows; the village is rather reassuring too with a proper green, a Grade II listed church and a friendly pub. Inside discover much light and space, a drawing room with original stone fireplace – wood-burner inside all ready to light – wooden floors, bright rugs and elegant watercolours. The kitchen is a cosy hub with warming Rayburn, terracotta tiles and dresser; there’s all you need to cook but if you’re feeling idle you can ask for a simple supper to be left. You’ll also find bread, eggs, wine, decent coffee and a jar of the owners’ River Dove honey (Sue and Victor, who settle you in, are doing their level best to bolster the local bee population). Bedrooms are up fairly steep stairs but are worth it: vast beds with linen from Harrods no less, a sweet single, books and antiques; the bathroom isn’t state of the art but gleams and towels are nicely thick. Chatsworth, gorgeous walking and antique-hunting await, but you could just take a book to the fecund garden through the gate – all yours.