You get a little time travel at the Barrow House: a 14th-century inn, 17th-century timber frames, 21st-century comfort and design. It’s a great little place – friendly and stylish with super food and all sorts of libations waiting at the bar. It sits in a pretty village surrounded by open country with Leeds Castle up the road. Known as the George for centuries, it changed its name in deference to the Bronze Age barrow that rises in a field on the edge of the village. Back at the inn, there’s a smart terrace for lunch in the sun, then a couple of open fires inside to keep things cosy. They serve their own ale, craft beers and well-priced wines, but you can pop in for an espresso, too. Lovely rooms have big beds, pretty fabrics and smart TVs, perhaps timber frames or a wonky floor; bathrooms are a treat. As for the food, most is sourced within 20 miles. You’ll find soups and sharing plates, burgers and fish and chips, or a three-course feast, perhaps smoked salmon, slow-cooked beef, marmalade Bakewell tart.