In a quiet corner of Devon, Ann and Richard have realised what most can only dream of: a self-sufficient smallholding and blissful retreat. Busy hens and geese are the first to greet you, closely followed by your warm lovely hosts. Richard is a carpenter, lover of wood and recycler; Ann is the creative eye. Slowly they turned a 17th-century barn stitched to their farmhouse into a civilised yet rustic holiday home – with a wonderful view from the retro Knole sofa. Slip through a little blue door to enter an upside-down world. Two cosy bedrooms, well-crafted and waxed, peek out over a sunny terrace to the hills; up the wooden stairs is a big light-drenched space with high windows for more views. Ann’s art and Richard’s farm treasures are dotted about; tucked into a corner is a vast wood-burner. A hefty run of granite and a Belfast sink line the open country kitchen allowing cooks room to concoct. Before slowing to a standstill, tick off the coastal path round Hartland Point, stroll through RHS Rosemoor, brave the boat to Lundy. A place to fall in love with, and live a little of the dream.