Old Red Lion is a treat. This Georgian house is in the middle of the thriving town – on a quiet lane through an archway just off Market Place. The wide, blue front door looks instantly inviting… step in to a friendly place, awash with warm colours, art, market finds and funny little nooks and crannies. There’s plenty of space, and Hilary and Tim have created an easy home you can share with friends and family (their own boys love it here!). Downstairs there’s a big sitting room with wood-burner, books, comfy sofas, colourful rugs. This opens out to a sociable dining area with old pine table and masses of cushions on benches; the kitchen has a two-oven stove, coffee machine and all you need to cook for a hungry hoard. Stone steps lead up to another elegantly furnished sitting room – a lovely spot to chat or read. Pretty bedrooms have well-dressed beds: two on the first floor and two up more stairs at the top of the house – each floor has a shared bathroom. Your garden is at the end of the lane: a sheltered patch with a shed for bikes – snoozes in the sun, snifters before dinner – and you can spot otters and kingfishers on a stunning river walk.