A treat to stay in such a handsome old house with such relaxed owners – lovely Alex is full of enthusiasm for her B&B enterprise. There’s an excellent butcher in Northleach so breakfasts are tip-top, and the bedrooms are a sophisticated mix of traditional and contemporary: Farrow & Ball colours, rich florals, fresh flowers, and fluffy white robes for trots to the bathroom. You also have your own charming drawing room: tartan carpet, pink sofas, family oils. Outside: 19 acres for Dexie the dog and a bench on the hill for the view. Tramp the Salt Way, dine in Cirencester, let the owls hoot you to sleep.