Reached via a steep, woodland driveway is a huge cedarwood house, flatpack-shipped from Norway in 1912. It was built as a hunting/fishing lodge for a city gent who loved country pursuits. You can still fish, with a permit – 100 steps below is the river.
Teenagers, older children, and dogs will think they’ve died and gone to heaven. As will their parents. Sit out on the deck for breakfast in the sun, walk under thick woodland canopies. Fire up the pizza oven as dusk falls, and gather round the firepit as darkness descends. Here you have all you need, and more, from homemade cakes and Wye Valley gin to a summer house with a secret cinema.
Skip to the pub from the bottom of the garden. Spread your wings to Ross-on-Wye, or Ledbury, or Hay. Come home to art, books, Farrow & Ball colours and vintage finds, not forgetting ‘Norwegian Wood’ cocktails, three wood-burners, and balconies and decks for breathtaking views.