This cosy brick house stands in 15 acres of rhododendron’d garden, beech wood and orchard, and faces the river Wye: only wildlife breaks the silence. Kim has opened her family home and delights in sharing it. Easy-going charm pervades and quirk abounds: cigar boxes inlaid into one wall, murals in the hall, family photos and paintings dotted about, and stacks of books. A polished dining table and a lovely mismatch of utensils hang above the kitchen’s uneven flagstones. Watch the swirling river through a window over breakfast, listen to it rush past from the comfort of a squashy living room sofa; there’s a lovely woodburner here, and a snug room at the back of the house. All but one of the sweet bedrooms have river views, all have good mattresses and blissful peace. For sluicing down, there’s a ground floor shower plus two more bathrooms above. Come for open space and peace… skim stones, spy otters, soak up the wonderful views. And you’re only a 15 minute walk from Hay-on-Wye.