Tucked away in Andrew and Susan’s garden, a wooden clad retreat with uninterrupted views. You’re in the middle of a tiny hamlet on the side of a hill that feels like the middle of nowhere, but is just three miles from Sherborne.Inside is spacious and light-filled with a double height living room. Susan leaves you a basket of breakfast goodies and home cooked dishes and local produce can also be ordered in advance. There’s a stack of books and games for rainy days and a piano should you feel inspired; ask Susan about borrowing bikes, and you can use the swimming pool and tennis court.Hop into the car for Sherborne and its lovely abbey, and NT properties: Montacute House and Tintinhull are within half an hour’s drive. Stroll across the fields to The Mitre Pub, return to light the coal barbecue – watch the alpacas in their paddock from the back deck, and the swallows on a summer’s evening.