A joy to arrive and a pleasure to stay, at this 1790s house near the Malvern Hills. Rosemary greets guests with tea and homemade cake by the fire, Teddie (white and fluffy) shows you around the garden. Downstairs has been decorated in warm farmhouse style: quarry tiles, fresh flowers, an inglenook. Fabulous bedrooms have an upbeat elegance – “just heavenly,” say guests. Bathrooms sparkle, breakfasts are beautiful and Peter and Rosemary couldn’t be nicer. When they arrived, they inherited a two-acre expanse of weeds and rubble. Since then everything, apart from the old apple trees, has been planned and planted by them. Flanked by farmland, divided by a vast shrub-filled island bed, this garden is gorgeously informal. The most formal part is to one side – huge bed, lavender walk, smooth lawn and yew-hedge archway leading to a wildlife-friendly pond with water feature and pergola. The wilder other side of the garden is where mown paths swoop through a wood of 300 English trees with a trampoline in the middle. This is a young garden worth emulating – for its easy informality and its subtle, country-garden colours.