Come for a special occasion and invite friends or family to join – there’s plenty of room. It’s all swell: walls of exposed honey coloured stone, a kitchen with lots of gear (you can be cooked for if you prefer) and beautiful lighting. Modern art and photography add to the spacious, gallery feel.
The living room has squashy sofas and a big wood-burner but there’s also a separate study, so you won’t feel on top of each other. Find a generous hamper with all you need for your first breakfast: bread from the bakery in Stow, local eggs, bacon and butter, honey from bees who live down the road. Floor to ceiling doors from the kitchen can be flung back on sunny days: the lawn is roomy enough for rounders, croquet and cricket, but also for entertaining and having a barbecue.
Walk or cycle through idyllic Cotswold countryside: stroll down a footpath into Bibury, described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’, for a post office, village shop and the Swan Hotel for teas and suppers. The Organic Farm Shop is just the place for stocking up and is a 10-minute drive.