A bucolic drive through the New Forest brings you to the water’s edge, the yacht club and Gins Barn, ancient and magnificently beamed. Step inside for chunky oak floors warmed by enormous woollen rugs, a big modern kitchen with all the stuff you need, and smart bedrooms (one definitely bigger) with puffy goose down, crisp white cotton and good antiques. Best of all you get a massive beamed living space for reading (find plenty of books) and relaxing. Sofas are large and squishy, colours are delightfully restful, a wood-burner belts out the heat (logs on the house) and the whole place oozes good taste and generosity. Owners Julian, a designer, and Holly, a film-maker, are charming and live next door in the farmhouse. They are passionate about their patch and leave you lovely things in the fridge. Art is taken seriously and the walls are things of great beauty; a hearty sound system is a distinct bonus, and Julian’s lights and furniture are fab. Come by boat if you prefer, pootle to Buckler’s Hard, take the ferry to Yarmouth. Lovely.