Lawn, shrubs and wild flowers frame this delightful cottage on the edge of the Blickling Estate; behind is a south-facing garden with decking and seating from which to view oaks, meadows and cows. It is blissfully secluded – little traffic, just the odd moo – yet you are on the outskirts of a village and two miles from Aylsham. Enter to find a light, bright living space, open to a pitched beamed roof, perfect in every way, with a steepish narrow stair to the gallery above (mind your head!) and double doors to the garden. Owners Melanie and Nigel have beautifully combined elegance with character and old with new. Find a wood-burner in the fireplace for chilly nights, a great little kitchen for cooks, and warm splashes of red in rugs, cushions and gingham. French embroidered curtains distinguish the bathroom downstairs, and the bedroom is under heavily pitched eaves: a delicious bed, an antique coffer, a green view. Close by there’re lots of lovely places to eat and there’s a Slow Food festival in October. Note: there’s a single bed in the dressing room downstairs.