Hikers, birdwatchers and peace-seekers will love this, a terraced Cotswold stone cottage on the edge of Blockley, surrounded by woodland and fields: bring your walking boots and tramp the trails. The old silk workers’ house has had a crisp and contemporary renovation. Oak beams, exposed stone walls and limestone-flagged floors will please you, while the bedrooms are peaceful and cosy. You can watch village cricket from the double, and lap up views of the Northwick Park Estate from the twin. A tea tray with a delicious cake and flowers welcome you on arrival in a smart, new, Shaker-style kitchen. Then it’s down a steep staircase – with a stair gate at the top – to the living room, where a large ceiling-to-floor window bathes the space in light and gives glorious views out to the hills. French windows open to a patio in summer, a pleasant spot in which to sit and relax over morning coffee, or fire up the barbecue. Bring the binoculars: you might just spot a skylark! You are within easy reach of Cotswold towns and villages and National Trust houses: a perfect position.