Set in 50 acres on the edge of the New Forest, in a clearing a mile or so up a track, stands John’s striking barn, all black wood panels, red pantiles and glorious glass in one gable end. Surrounded by grass, woodland and birdsong, it’s a recent conversion of John’s workshop and tractor store. He and his wife Bobbie live next door and are usually on hand to welcome you. Bring the family or come with friends; space is no issue in the sitting room and dining area, which open to the tiled hallway and smart kitchen. One bedroom is downstairs, with wet room (easy access), and two more, with shared bathroom, are on the mezzanine, from where the master looks down into the living area. Neutral shades are punctuated by accents of colour in cushions, curtains and throws. Curl up in front of the stove (logs provided), play board games, go pond dipping, or cycle the riverside paths (some bikes available). The enclosed garden is laid to lawn and there’s a wooden play fort for children to enjoy near the barn. Pubs and a shop are in nearby Wellow, Romsey’s just four miles away, and Marwell Zoo and Salisbury are within reach.