The garden has a lovely terrace for al-fresco lunches, the field and wooded hill views are peaceful and kids can tumble around the long grass in the orchard – bring the dog too. A circular walk (about 50 minutes) goes up to the Ridgeway and drops down into the valley and Corton Denham – stop for a drink in The Queens Arms. More serious walkers can try the steep climb up Beacon Hill.
On blustery days the wood-burner keeps you toasty and there are board games, books and DVDs. In the kitchen you’ll find a SMEG oven, Nespresso machine, bluetooth speakers and a hamper of milk, bread, eggs and chocolates… and sometimes homemade chutney or jam.
Stock up in Sherborne (ten minutes) which has independent shops, drive to Bruton (20 minutes) for the Hauser & Wirth gallery and some interesting exhibitions – they also have a Piet Oudolf grass garden and some fine sculpture. The Roth Bar and Grill there has excellent food.