Walk straight in to a big, light living space with an open-plan kitchen, lovely views from an L-shaped sofa, interesting art on the walls and wide doors to the terrace – on warmer days you’ll eat out here, or maybe have a barbecue, with views over the garden to open countryside. There’s a little stream you can walk down to for paddling, a lawn for games and an enclosed swimming pool you may use.
Lisa, who runs a B&B from the farmhouse with Matt, is a serious cook so you’ll find everything from a salad spinner to a rolling pin and a pestle and mortar. She also leaves you homemade jam and chutney, all the basics for cooking and fresh flowers from the garden; when the B&B is quiet, you may also be treated to eggs from their hens. On cooler days, help yourself to logs for the wood-burner – the first basket is free.
A 15-minute walk will take you to a good pub and you can stock up in Barnstaple which has an excellent butcher and deli.