It’s an easy hop from London but surrounded by countryside. In the courtyard of the family home, the cottage is private, secluded and romantic. Retreat for box set marathons in the sitting room, with a sweep of oak floor warm underfoot; open barn doors to the dining room for sociable meals. There’s a great little kitchen and Maria leaves a big breakfast: croissants and jam, orange juice, bacon and eggs.
There are two double beds and a cosy hayloft up a steep ladder which older children will love. The leafy courtyard garden with pizza oven and BBQ is wonderful but small.
Wander to charming Odiham across the fields, visit King John’s crumbling castle, head to Winchester for shops, markets and the soaring cathedral.