This stone barn conversion stands nestled in woods at the end of a mile-long track in the middle of Dartmoor. James lives in the cottage behind but you’re separated by a stretch of garden so you feel very private, and if he’s not here he’ll leave you a key.
You’ll find the essentials – tea, coffee, milk – and a huge pile of logs on the porch. Light the wood-burner in the open-plan living room and settle down with a good book or have a barbecue in the garden, sipping wine while you watch the stars come out.
Outdoor adventures await – streams and a quarry for a cooling plunge in summer, leisurely rambles or day-long hikes through the moors, overnight camping in the nearby bothy. There are country pubs nearby and you can stock up and hire bicycles in Tavistock, a 15-minute drive away.