Tidpit is tiny. Just five houses including Patricia’s, described by Ros Byam Shaw as ‘the perfect English farmhouse.’ The garden is pretty dreamy too, a clever mix of formal and informal planting. The Little Coach House sits to one side with its face hidden behind a fig tree and with its own big, south-facing and very private garden. It’s warm and cosy inside with all that you need to play houses and sweet views to the garden and up the hill.
Patricia leaves you fresh flowers, basics in the cupboards and enough stuff for tea or coffee and toast for your first breakfast – you may find a bottle of wine. A five-minute walk will take you to the community shop in Martin which sells most things, and on Saturdays there’s a Farmers’ market in the village and coffee and cakes.
Stride up to Tidpit Down and you can walk for miles along stretches of chalk downland spotting plenty of birds and taking in huge lungfuls of fresh air. You can borrow bikes and cycle to The Rose and Thistle at Rockbourne (4 miles) for a good pub lunch or Damerham (2 miles).