Perched on the hill and tucked away up a track above idyllic West Lulworth, The Lynches has been a much-loved holiday hideaway for the Schneideman family for nearly 35 years. Stuffed full of vibrant ceramics collected in France, Suzanne’s own artworks and lots of unfussy antiques, the house is supremely comfortable. Downstairs an elegant sitting room, sunny dining room and well-equipped kitchen. Upstairs, double rooms and a twin lead off a long landing, an art gallery in itself. The largest is softly elegant in pink tones; the quirky little twin has colourful Indian cotton throws; there are three bathrooms with roll tops – one has a walk-in shower. Take time to write or spill out to gardens that call out to be explored – lawned terraces planted with thriving lavender, rosemary and euphorbias, a large enclosed grass games area, table tennis pavilion, croquet; in spring a blanket of primroses in the orchard. Wonderful walks to the spectacular rock arch of Durdle Door and along the coast. Legend tells of wild parties held here in the 1930s, with guests including Bertrand Russell. The happy vibe continues – it’s perfect for family gatherings.