The site is mentioned in the Domesday Book, the house is 400 years old, and wonderful views unfurl across Dartmoor. It’s the sort of place where you long to pull on your boots or jump on a horse and head for the horizon. What’s more, Widecombe, home to the Rugglestone Inn, is a ten-minute walk downhill – a babbling brook, beer from the cask and chips to die for. Back at the house: seven bedrooms, two storeys and an attic, linked by a medieval stone stair (there’s room for up to four more people on pull out beds). Note the wonderful granite flags as you enter the hall, and, through the window ahead, your first glimpse of the moor. In two sitting rooms cosy with wood-burners – and a third for children – are oatmeal walls and comfy sofas. There’s a kitchen for cooks (an Aga and a separate hob), a lovely long oak table that seats 14, and a sun room with views you’ll never want to leave. Outside: lawns for children to tumble on, paddocks all around, and a table and chairs for the setting sun. After a day fixing tees to greens (golf is close) or building castles in the sand, how gratifying to come home to fresh flowers, crisp linen and fluffy white towels.