There’s a wonderfully secluded feel as you come down the long drive to your green escape in pretty grounds with colourful planting, ponds and wildflower meadows.
You have this three-roomed cob house to yourself and one of the great things about kind owners living next door is breakfast… delivered to the sitting room or veranda. Go continental or full English – both star local produce – and Aga porridge is on the menu too.
Patient watchers may see roe deer, badgers, perhaps a hare. Walkers can head straight out of the gate and onto the 154-mile Herefordshire Trail; or simply stroll to one of the local pubs for lunch. There’s the river Wye and Hay’s bookshops, and more, to visit. When owls are hooting and the day is nearly done, train the telescope on dark night skies before turning in to sleep deeply under a fine feather duvet.