You’ll rarely find a more peaceful spot – or nicer owners. Catriona takes pleasure in ensuring her guests are well looked after, and gives you total privacy. The apartments are on the first floor of one wing – one overlooking a pretty garden and a vine-covered pavilion, the other with views of the park – its lawns, hilltop copses and woodland. (There’s a great feeling of history here, and when house and gardens are open to the public, you can take tea in Coach Hall!). All feels calm and fresh inside, with Farrow & Ball colours and seagrass matting, padded window seats and big sash windows, curtains, books and open fires. Kitchens are well-equipped, bathrooms are smart, and the master bedrooms – large and light – have kingsize beds topped with crisp linen. It’s a wonderful spot from which to explore – the lush Devon countryside, the north and south coasts, the National Trust houses, the cathedral city of Exeter; all lie within a 30-minute drive. Swings, paddocks of ponies and sheep, a barbecue for summer fun, and the nearest pub and farm shop two miles away. Lovely.