Linger long in the lovely walled grounds. There’s a little wood and a meadow sloping down to the canal, and a 15th-century chapel surrounded by sheep. As for the Court, it’s a place of architectural surprises with a higgledy-piggledy layout, and although its history is much older, the current house dates from the 16th century.
After a day spent roaming National Trust homes, recover in the drawing room by the inglenook (the owners have their own space to retreat to). The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the house, one 17th-century with a sitting room in which you could party, the other in a later extension, equally inviting and almost as big.
Breakfast, “the full Devon,” sets you up for the day – Lucy and Richard are generous to a fault. They also offer two bikes to borrow so join the passers-by on the towpath and set off for the Grand Western Canal Country Park.