This chic B&B in the New Forest mixes a warm contemporary style with some fine, old-fashioned hospitality – Ciaran and Cheryl go out of their way to make your stay special. As for their lovely Arts & Crafts house, it sits peacefully on the southern fringes of Brockenhurst with pretty gardens front and back. There’s a juke box in the breakfast room, an honesty bar for pre-dinner drinks and a relaxing reading room. Spoiling bedrooms have airy colours, plantation shutters, Vi-Spring mattresses on lovely beds, then robes in stylish bathrooms. One has a claw-foot bath, another at the back opens onto the garden; keep going you’ll find a shepherd’s hut with its own wood-burner and a small terrace. All rooms have coffee machines, silent fridges in which to chill drinks, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast is a feast: local eggs, artisan jams, home-baked soda bread, bacon and sausages from a local farm. You can walk by the sea or explore the forest by foot, bike or horse. Good restaurants wait in town (a gentle ten-minute stroll), perhaps Thai, French or an excellent pizza.