Eggs from the farm shop, logs for the burner, Elizabeth’s jams be-ribboned and tied: the attention to detail is marvellous. High above the Dorchester-Bridport road is a small thatch village in the rolling hills, and this 300-year-old cottage on a no-through lane. The peace is restorative and the views are far-reaching. Step in to find a charming sitting room with low ceilings and a coir floor, warm textiles, fresh colours, and two sofas hugging the walls. In the dining room, odd chairs are painted white and blue, a dresser carries polka-dot cups and blue-trim plates, an oak church pew seats six in comfort. Kitchen colours have been used to lift the spirit and the steep hillside garden can be glimpsed through the window. The house is a delight for anyone especially young families (toys, games and DVDs abound), bathrooms sparkle, the bedrooms are luxurious and there’s a furnished front terrace with a stupendous view. The villages that dot West Dorset are all worth exploring, arty-foodie Bridport is only six miles, and the Jurassic coastline draws walkers; there’s even a sand beach at Lyme Regis.