Next to the estate village’s antique petrol pumps (now disused!) is your own beautifully enclosed gateway and pristine front door. The blacksmith’s old workshop has become a wonderful, spacious bolthole for two. The owners live next door and will meet and greet or leave you a key. Downstairs is a really good-size sitting room, a stylish diner-kitchen with Smeg fridge, and a loo in the lobby; upstairs a spoiling kingsize bed, and a bathroom with piles of thick towels. The décor is crisp and modern, the wood-burner is cosy, the space is generous, the colours calm: everything works and it’s perfect for couples in search of a rural break. The New Forest is on your doorstep (spot ponies roaming the heathland) and you’re a short drive to Lepe beach. Wander around neighbouring Beaulieu, a pretty village, home of the Montagu family and Palace House. Treat yourself to a sumptuous meal at the Michelin-starred Montagu Arms or visit the gorgeous Exbury Gardens, then wander back to your own: secluded, furnished and full of trilling birds.