Around the core of a medieval timber-framed house, towering chimneys soar skywards and beds face the glorious gardens. Sophie and Ed make you feel at home – snuggle up on sofas around the roaring open fire with a tipple, or sit in the draped window seat with a book.
Princess Anne met Mark Phillips in the dining room – it’s here you’ll be served up scotch pancakes, herb and gruyere omelettes or sausages and bacon from home-reared pigs on a big oak table, laden also with muesli, toast and fruit.
Keep your eyes peeled for the bronze deer on your way to the bluebell woods, sit on a stone bench in the garden to drink in the peace, follow a two-mile trail to Alton. This is Jane Austen country; visit her home in nearby Chawton.