You’re deep in the Herefordshire countryside, with views of the Welsh hills and the Brecon Beacons are just around the corner for serious climbing and hiking – wild swimming too for the brave. You’ll feel nicely calmed as soon as you step through the door.It’s very quiet here, looking out onto a cobbled courtyard leafy with trees and shrubs. Hayley and Rob live in the farmhouse opposite and can suggest plenty of walks. Find them tending to their sheep and pigs – they can sell you their home-grown meat to cook in the cottage; local cider press Dunkertons has a bottle to go with dinner.Wander around farmer’s markets; hire canoes at Glasbury and drift along the Wye; browse for second-hand tomes in Hay’s many bookshops. Combine a visit to Ludlow with wood-fired pizzas and French dishes at the Jolly Frog, keep an eye out for the alarmingly pink pub.