Up, up the track to a brand-new home clad in Herefordshire cedar, fronted by a decked terrace and an astonishing view. Presteigne lies below, the Malverns stretch beyond, and Dorothy and Peter live up the hill. A lot of love has gone into this unself-consciously sustainable, off-grid home, with solar panels on the roof, a bat box in the eaves, triple-glazed windows, filtered spring water and a foolproof Danish stove (logs on the house!). Comfort and cosiness abound and the overall feel is eclectic and colourful, with a hand-crafted oak frame dominating the scene. Giant Indian ‘Hani’ lights hang from the vaulted ceiling, double doors open to the decking, rugs and mats soften the slate floors, comfy sofas face the hills. In the fridge are all sorts of treats; you could barbecue on the deck or stride down the hill to the pubs in Presteigne. Downstairs are a shower room and one bedroom, and the rest are upstairs. Duvets are goosedown, mattresses are new, fun touches include oak pegs for coathangers. But the biggest surprise is the fairytale children’s room, with its blue-painted shutters and Norwegian cupboard beds – kid heaven.