You’ll be entirely able to unbend here: find a pretty little table and chairs outside with pots of sweet herbs where you’ll sit with a sundowner or a morning cup of tea. Walk straight in to a light and bright open-plan space with a kitchen to one side. You’ll find all the basics in the cupboards plus a welcome hamper with local craft beer, jam, bread and lavender tea.
Choose a book (including all of Jane Austen’s works) or a DVD from a good selection and snuggle in when the weather isn’t friendly. Stock up at the monthly farmers’ market in Alton or in Four Marks (four miles), visit Hattingley Valley Wines for perfect sparkling wines and return to cook up a storm, or walk five minutes to the excellent village pub.
Bedrooms spoil with organic cotton sheets, large windows for pretty views over the garden and lane, and painted wooden panels to retain that barn-like feel. This is a paradise for walkers: The Writer’s Way passes the door and you can stroll all the way to the Jane Austen House Museum.