A thoughtfully converted building by a fine 16th-century farmhouse with views of the Black Mountains, just a short hop from Hay. Inside is sweet with apple crate shelving, underheated flag floors, colourful Welsh blankets, power showers and a soft sofa which goes round a corner – plenty of room for all to sit by the wood-burner. Drop off in neat-as-pin bedrooms with soft feather and down pillows and duvets, smooth white cotton and nought but birdsong to disturb. Even the fussiest of cooks will be pleased with the open plan kitchen, gleaming with a butler’s sink and smart black work tops – although if you’re feeling idle you can have a hot breakfast delivered (in a wooden potato tray!), or join in with a pizza, BBQ or curry night at the communal barn (where you’ll also find a little shop). Games, books, maps and walking books are yours, the bird feeder is stocked and there are oodles of farm activities for grown ups and newly-free-range children (zero traffic). You can join in with life on the farm (helpful owners Kesri and Paul are parents too), or you can ignore it and have a peaceful retreat. An easy-going, relaxing place.