Deep in Devon lanes, skirting wild Exmoor yet sheltered in a quiet green fold, two warm, peaceful boltholes for families or friends. The converted barn is neat and tidy with a log-burner in the sitting room for chilly nights. Bedrooms are snug (two are under the eaves but you won’t hit your head) and there’s a downstairs bunkroom to keep kids happy. You can whip up suppers in the spotless kitchen and dine on the patio while children run freely through 53 acres of farmland – they’re totally safe and will love the treehouse, chickens (there’s a rota!) and purring cats. The cottage is comfy and so easy for families with plenty to amuse you on rainy days. Step into a pretty kitchen, there’s open plan living/dining downstairs and pleasant bedrooms up. You can barbecue down at the lake, play pool in an outbuilding, listen out for owls. Amanda and Adrian are chatty, down to earth, and full of ideas and energy. But you can be as energetic (or not) as you wish. You’re close to coast, moors and Barnstaple, a mile from the Tarka Trail, ringed by a constellation of villages with pubs and shops, buried in a pocket of peace.