You’ll feel at home the moment you arrive at Yvette and Philip’s friendly cottage. Once a medieval ‘hall house’, it’s awash with huge oak beams. Up steep stairs and past shelves of books find fresh, sunny bedrooms with lovely views. Enjoy a flagstone terrace for summery breakfasts or a fireside spot in the dining room; expect eggs from the hens, homemade jams, kippers perhaps or a full English. You’re surrounded by glorious open countryside, walks and cycle rides start from the door and it’s just 25 minutes from the Channel Tunnel. Dip in the swimming pond, chat to Rocky the labrador… and wander the blooming gardens.