Peace – simple and sublime. Otterton village looks like a postcard from the 1950s, with its working mill, artisan bakery and walks through meadows along the river Otter; today there are cafés and a gallery too. The Stables is a wisteria-clad, red brick cottage that reflects its harmonious surroundings. Inside: a wonderfully light, white space with tall ceilings, exposed beams, a wood-burner and French windows that open out on to a tiny (part overlooked) garden. Gill has been in self-catering for two decades and has won awards for her efforts – you are superbly looked after here! There are games and books for children and all the best gadgetry for entertaining evenings in; the kitchen shines with white units and black countertops and appliances are brand new. Retire to neat bedrooms with fabulous beds and the best mattresses, the double with striking vintage wallpaper and a view to the garden. Two miles from the sea, you can sally forth with kids in tow to Budleigh Salterton, the oldest part of the Jurassic coast: explore for fossils or fish for your dinner off a pebbly beach.