Follow the footsteps of Henry VIII to the medieval village of Walsingham, home to the shrine of Our Lady (plus farm shop, two pubs and a rather good restaurant). Return to the luxury of Grey’s Court – originally a stables, now an exceptional one-storey house. From the big inner courtyard set with pebbles and potager to the beautiful loft-like rooms, it’s awash with sunlight and space. Potter Jenny and her architect husband have transformed a complex of brick and flint barns set in a pretty valley that is more Cotswolds than Norfolk – yet the glorious North Norfolk Coast is only five miles away. So you have the best of country-everything including the barn: an enticing palate of flint, cobbles, chalk and beams, warm textures and sophisticated furnishings, a hamper full of goodies and romantic country sounds (wagtails and warblers, cockerel and sheep). The sitting room, its panelling painted a cool Scandinavian blue, has a groovy wood-burner, the kitchen is perfect for entertaining (you can order a chef), the bathrooms are sleek and the bedrooms have delightful decorative touches. A shared spa (you can book for exclusive use), a games room and long lovely views complete the picture. If you’ve come from the city this is nothing short of heaven.