The pale blue-painted front door sets the tone for this large, lofty and airy home with smart hotel-standard rooms at a fraction of the price. The furniture is excellent: fine family pieces and Liz’s handsome finds. There is a conservatory for continental breakfast overlooking the garden, a delightful Parson Russell dog and art everywhere. Liz, a former fashion pattern cutter and dancer, is a natural and lovely hostess. The Roost is brilliantly positioned for whizzing into town, transport links are easy, there is lovely Queens park, an irresistible bakery, great pubs, restaurants and a farmers’ market on Sundays. Marvellous.