It’s blissful here in the tumbledown charm of Hayley and Rob’s 15th-century farmhouse and smallholding. It’s a peaceful patch with dogs, hens, rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs and Ryeland sheep, so you can absorb a little of the rural way of life. Vegetable plots are burgeoning, water comes from a bore hole and you’ll feel far away from the grind of the city.
Bookish types will head off to Hay-on-Wye, foodies to Ludlow, walkers to the hills. There are farmers’ markets in almost every village and canoes to hire at Glasbury for navigating the river Wye. The gateway to the Brecon Beacons is a short drive for those who like their hikes long and bracing.
Eat around the big wooden table, open a bottle or two of local Dunkerton’s cider and then snuggle into deep sofas by the wood-burning stove.