A reclamation masterpiece, a Cotswold hideaway of huge character. After a tricky track down, what a joy to see the Sheepscombe Valley unfold into cattle-grazing fields and woodlands, and to catch first sight of the barn. It appears to have come straight out of the 1600s; only the ‘Bluff’ suggests an exquisite counterfeit. David scoured the countryside for the right materials, and picked up gateposts for load-bearers in the living room, a wonderfully warm and earthy space with sweeping limestone floors and valley views through windows in lead casements. At one end is a remarkable Italian sideboard… centre stage is David’s own oak table. No less wonderful: the fire-bowl outside, the hand-crafted country kitchen with its oil-fired Aga, the reclaimed billiard table worktops, the Belfast sink beneath the stone mullioned window. Modest and pretty bedrooms lack nothing; there’s cleverness to tiled mosaics in the tiny shower (just one), and beauty in the vintage loo. The marvellous Ginny and David will pop over to tell you about Laurie Lee country as soon as you’re settled, and how best to enjoy their magical creation.