You’ve got absolutely everything you need on tap plus your independence: a gorgeous farm shop so you can cook from scratch in the pretty kitchen, a deli with home cooked meals you can simply heat up, or a table at the organic restaurant. It’s all on one level and filled with very beautiful glass, china, rugs and pots – all of which you can buy at the shop and cottage guests get a discount.
Snuggle up by the see-through wood-burner (sofa on one side, lovely big bed on the other) with a DVD on the flat screen or a board game with a bottle of wine from the very bounteous welcome hamper. You also get freshly-baked bread from the artisan bakery, organic butter and cream from the dairy, tasty free-range eggs, wine of each colour and gin. Light pours in through garden doors from the bedroom and you have a little table and chairs in the communal courtyard garden.
There are bridleways to explore with maps and bikes to borrow or set off on footpaths for miles – hikers can join the Cotswold Way. Walk to Daylesford’s sister pub, The Wild Rabbit in half an hour – return to a spot of unwinding with a free yoga, pilates, sound healing or meditation class in the Bamford Haybarn Spa. You can join cookery and floristry courses too.