Big mullion windows and contemporary classic interiors characterise this enchanting former refectory of a medieval abbey. Here live new owners Bryony and Bertie, an endearing young couple. Stylish bedrooms, elegant but cosy, have roll top tubs, drenching showers and views of garden or valley, while breakfasts are feasts of estate produce – apple juice, honey, rhubarb compotes, eggs, bacon, sausages, just-baked bread – served on white china in the drawing room with stunning views of the gardens. The National Trust acquired the Abbey in the 70s, now the framework of old buildings and stone walls creates a magical setting for exquisite grounds. Guests have free access to 700 acres of woodland, the abbey and all the rest: borders, sculptures, benches, clematis, jasmines, roses and ornamental trees, a waterfall, a sunken herb garden, a wisteria arbour (liquid amber in autumn), and a glory of wildlife. Borders are filled with a heady array of colours and scents; an old granite crusher sits on the lawn under an arch of roses; a woodland border runs down to the wild garden; a hot border is set against a sunny wall. White-scented Wisteria venusta twines up an arch in a purple berberis-edged parterre. Pretty wrought-iron gates incorporating spider and bird designs lead through to the summer house – find a little bench and dream. What will really make your jaw drop is the walled kitchen garden, a cornucopia of soft fruits and vegetables. NGS.