From your balcony at the front, watch sporty types play tennis on the lawn. On the back deck, overlooking the brook, you can bask in the sun or catch the flash of a kingfisher.
Fingals is an arty, quirky, atmospheric, secret place, close to the estuary and the coast – Blackpool Sands is eight miles. This two-storey cottage, one of six retreats, has a beautiful, beach-house interior. Come as a couple or as three: there’s a daybed in the sitting room. Enjoy snooker, sauna, and a swim in the lovely light-flooded pool, or walk to Dittisham Sailing School, 30 minutes down the lane.
Set off for the Anchor Stone where the seafood is superb; have dinner at the Ferry Boat Inn. Then back to a games room for rainy days, DVDs to borrow, a piano to play, and a romantic night by the wood-burner.