Leafy lanes and a private drive lead you to Martyn and Susie’s beautifully restored hamstone house and garden, hidden in rolling West Dorset. Leave the hurly burly behind, be bowled over by the stunning valley views, feel happy in this spacious stylish home among fresh flowers, fine antiques and lots of interesting, original art from the owners’ travels. Light, airy bedrooms have country-house charm, well-dressed beds and pretty views from each. A delicious breakfast is served in the garden room – homemade muesli, fresh fruit and yogurt, local eggs and sausages – and French windows open to a terraced garden. Twelve years ago this was just a field: now it’s an informal near acre of raised brick or slate beds brimming with colour and scent (all grown from seed or taken from cuttings), a proper English garden with a thatched ‘folly’, sweet peas, fruit trees, hundreds of roses rambling up walls, oak and weeping ash and plenty of good spots to sit and admire it all. The view truly is remarkable from the house and garden, over green fields for miles and not a sound except the happy tweeting of the thousands of birds who choose to visit here so often – they have good taste! You can walk for miles from the doorstep and the Jurassic coast is half an hour away; return to a cup of tea and a good book by the log fire. Charming hosts – nothing is too much trouble.