You’re close to Dartmoor for bracing walks and wild swims, Bovey Tracey is a five-minute stroll. This late medieval Devon longhouse, one of the oldest in an old market town, is split into two: one half for the owners, the other for you. George and Caroline are there should you need them, and if you love good food you may do: Caroline is an excellent cook and happy to host dinner for guests. (Cookery classes, too.) Inside all is cosy and carpeted in country cottage style. The original beams and huge fireplace are intact and the wood-burner keeps everything snug; there’s a vintage dresser with pretty crockery, fresh flowers, a gleaming new range and a grandfather clock to tick away the hours. Bedrooms are traditional and full of character, one with sloping beams. Visit the Devon Guild Of Craftsmen a short walk away, or stride across the fields to Parke Estate (NT): there’s an award-winning restaurant and the river Bovey runs through. Return to your cottage garden and book-filled ‘garden room’ at the end of the lawn, within earshot of a trickling stream.