The timbers of this medieval yeoman’s house are quite possibly a thousand years old, so it’s impossible to avoid the odd cobweb and bit of dust. Little of the structure has ever been altered and it is sheer delight – just mind your head! Stone floors, rich colours, a piano, books, cosy chairs, friendly dogs – all give a homely, lived-in warm feel. Cruck-beamed bedrooms are snugly small, the stairs are steep, and the twin’s bathroom has its own sweet fireplace. The countryside is ‘pure’, too, with 1,500 acres of National Trust land a short hop away. Anita is charming and loves to look after her guests. Breakfasts feature fresh eggs from her hens and breads from a local artisan baker. Stay in for a 3-course dinner, of locally-sourced vegetables, and fruit from the garden such as quinces, damsons, apples, pears and plums. For eating out, head to foodie Ludlow, seven miles away.