This comfortable self-contained cottage is part of the Rogers’ rambling – in parts ancient – mill house near Lymington and the New Forest. The whole place feels very much loved and has been carefully renovated over the years, alongside family life and Jeremy’s work as a boat builder; he’s a notable yachtsman too. You can row up river in search of their resident kingfisher and Fiona encourages guests to roam their five beautiful acres of garden – the bird life really is remarkable (and binoculars provided). Indoors you’ve a cosy sitting room with wood-burner, TV, books and games, rugs on wooden flooring, shuttered windows which shield road noise, and doors onto a terraced area. Off it is the small, well kitted-out galley kitchen, a nice dresser and dining table. Upstairs, the king-sized double has garden views and its own shower; the other double and the single, with a high cabin bed and loads of books, share the bathroom. Outdoorsy people love the area for walking, cycling, riding – and sailing, of course. The Rogers know it backwards and will advise: Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens, a ferry to the Isle of Wight.