On an estate with real pedigree – it was once owned by the Mitfords – and perfect for two; a quiet, very spacious, bolthole a short drive from beaches and river walks. The owners next door will leave the essentials, a basket of logs and a decent bottle of wine. There’s a sofa for each of you or snuggle up together for films in front of the fire.
It’s outdoorsy here between forest and beach: sailing on the river, spotting ponies roaming the heathland, space for muddy boots and bicycles. The garden is secluded, furnished and full of trilling birds, take out books and board games for evenings al fresco.
It’s just over two miles to Lepe Beach or the Royal Oak pub at Hilltop, and Exbury Gardens is a walk away – take a detour via Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms and back along the river for views of Buckler’s Hard.