Step down Carpenters Lane with its new terrace houses, then through an old wooden door to the side… to enter the secret garden of a Victorian villa, with an immaculate stone coach house alongside. The pony and trap have long gone, but the two-storey cottage remains: a perfect Cirencester bolthole. Lovely young owners Rosie and Mark give you homemade biscuits (or something equally delicious) and invite you in, to a contemporary chic living room with painted stone walls and a bright fresh feel. Mark specialises in mid-century design, so elegant pieces from the 50s onwards mix with pale tiled floors heated underfoot, and a simple kitchen to make a modernist’s heart sing. There’s a wood-burning stove and logs to fill it, a flat-screen TV, DVD, WiFi, board games and books. A painted-tread stair leads to the bedroom above: oh joy! A big wooden bed under a cosy pitched roof, pale grey floor boards, Orla Kiely linen, a soft grey throw and a simple hanging rail. The pretty garden is yours to share (you have your own seating area) and the historic market place is a sprint from the door.