On a peaceful road leading to the church, opposite the tiny green (the setting is bucolic) is a farmhouse and an attached barn – solid, Georgian and listed. The garden is a secluded suntrap (with rhubarb, currants and strawberries to share); the interior is aglow with space and light. Floors of shining elm sweep from airy kitchen and dining at one end to wide leather chesterfields and flat-screen TV at the other, as an elegant spiral central stair breaks up the space. Blinds and curtains come in bright stripes and cheerful florals (handmade by owner Siobhan), sturdy beams (sourced from their own oak) soar above, and the hall’s crafted coat and boot stand sets the tone: this is no run-of-the-mill renovation but a striking modern space. The bedroom is on the mezzanine – an up-in-the-eaves retreat, cosy and wonderfully romantic, with a superb mattress and a feather duvet (there’s non-allergenic bedding if you prefer it). The high-spec, stone-floored shower room is downstairs, plus there are books, puzzles and DVDs, and a warm welcome for your dog.