Arrive in a quintessential English village with tea rooms, church and green; from here you swing into the Heydon Hall estate and, hidden down a rough track in the grounds, is your attractive redbrick cottage. On the day we visited swathes of snowdrops nodded their heads in greeting. Inside it’s a comfortable space to stretch out for a week; no WiFi and intermittent phone signal leave you time for books and board games. Owner Sarah (who does B&B in another cottage on the estate) is generous – free logs for the wood-burner, deep John Lewis mattresses, fresh flowers in the practical kitchen. Up steep winding stairs to three restful rooms with a quirky circular layout; enter the light, airy double; through here is the beamed twin; then step down to the bunkroom and from here you arrive in the spick and span bathroom (no shower) which takes you back to the double! It’s all rather charming and fun. Through your tiny walled garden there’s parkland and woodland to explore, and further afield you’ll find bikes to hire, NT houses and the coast. Walk to the village pub for supper then back for a nightcap in front of the fire in the lovely living room.