Temple Lodge, once home to the painter Sir Frank Brangwyn, is sandwiched between a courtyard and a lushly landscaped garden. The peace is remarkable making it a very restful place – simple yet human and warmly comfortable, a nourishing experience. Michael and his devoted team run it with quiet energy. You breakfast overlooking the garden, there are newspapers to browse, a library instead of TVs. Bedrooms are surprisingly stylish: pretty art, crisp linen, no clutter, a hint of country chic. They’re exceptional value for money, too, so book well in advance. Some rooms have garden views, only a couple have their own bathrooms and loo; if you don’t mind that, you’ll be happy. The Thames passes by at the end of the road, the Riverside Studios is round the corner for theatre and film, and the Gate Vegetarian Restaurant is across the courtyard, a well-known eatery, its food so good even committed carnivores can’t resist. It was also Brangwyn’s studio, hence the artist’s window. The house is a non-denominational Christian centre with two services a week, which you may take or leave as you choose.