Down through hills, wild heaths and pine forests to Lulworth. Carole and John’s home is set back from the cove in a peaceful lane; artist and garden designer, their 1980s house is a creative treasure, inside and out. The garden has a tropical feel with banana trees, ferns, deep borders and abundant grapes over a pergola. Inside is a sparkling white canvas dotted with colour: paintings, glass vases, antique desk, old grandfather clock, cubist furniture. Garden bedrooms are delightful – one has a king-size bed and opens to its own terrace; wake for a generous breakfast, served upstairs in the open-plan living space. Walks galore from the door.