You feel as if you’re visiting old friends when you come to stay with Alexandra and Tom. Nothing is too much trouble and there’s always tea and homemade cake waiting for you – or a welcoming tipple if you arrive in the evening.
Peaceful bedrooms have garden views; there’s a single room too, with a truckle bed for a child. Chickens roam the 19 acres – you’ll be offered their eggs at breakfast with bacon, sausage and black pudding from the local butcher, bircher muesli, yogurt and fruit. Sit and chat by the fire, pat Bizzie and Dexie the spaniels, plan your day.
Tramp the Salt Way, visit Cheltenham for a festival. On a summer evening take a glass of wine to the bench on the hill for the sunset views, then have dinner down the road at The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach. Let the owls hoot you to sleep.