Quiet lanes bring you to this most idyllic spot – a stone cottage in a light and open valley. The sitting room is snug with a wood-burner and sofas but the kitchen is the hub of the place, and delicious breakfasts and dinners are cooked on the Aga. Grace, chatty and easy-going, obviously enjoys living in her modernised mill house. Bedrooms are small and sunny, with exposed beams and slate sills, candles and pretty old pine chests; only the old mill interrupts the far-reaching, all-green views. Drift off to sleep to the sound of the Arrow burbling by – a blissful tonic for walkers and nature lovers. Great value, too.