Perfect for a couple in search of Dorset’s secret places: a rural slice of bliss in an old hay store. A finely renovated and pellet boiler-fuelled store, what’s more, with solid oak doors and windows, buffed-concrete floors heated underfoot, and a bright understated décor. This courtyard of old farm buildings is in Toller Fratrum, a hamlet that was once the farmstead of the Knights Hospitallers and whose history stretches beyond Domesday. Overlooking wildflower gardens, pastures and chalk hills is a private gravelled area for summery meals; beyond is a pretty pond, with dragonflies and dipping swallows. Inside: a super-comfy armchair by the window, a two-seater sofa by the wood-burner, logs, books, maps, DVDs, interesting etchings and vibrant kilims. The sage-green kitchen is made for cooks, the bed feels delicious, the bathroom is generous (a rainwater shower over a deep bath, natural toiletries, thick towels). The wildlife is abundant, the walking is sublime, and the charmingly unfancy Fox & Hounds at Cattistock is three miles. Little has changed in a hundred years.