Tessa’s family have lived in the flint and stone house since 1860 so it’s crammed with history but not in the least daunting. It’s a real family home with books galore, pictures, maps and photographs and from all the windows views soar to the chalk hills.
You breakfast by the wood-burner in the dining room: sometimes homemade granola, always homemade jams and marmalade, fruit from the garden in season and good bacon and sausages sizzled in the Aga. Supper can be two or three courses and sometimes simple, sometimes smart but always with garden vegetables and a pudding and eaten outdoors in summer.
The Macmillan Way passes through the hamlet so join it in either direction for short or long walks. A two to three hour hike will take you to Abbotsbury – a unique coastal village with a swannery – you can always get a taxi back. The nearest decent pub is a 10-15 minute drive – The Spyway at Askerswell. Return to very private bedrooms up your own staircase.