Pootle down a peaceful country road through fields where horses quietly graze to an 1880s Norfolk farmhouse with a glorious garden behind. Little Barn, attached but utterly private, comes with a history: a lawyer from London, fleeing the Great Plague, built a house in little Briston – or so the story goes. Inside, all is immaculate, generous, homely and welcoming – two floors linked by a sweet curved stair. You enter the well-equipped dining-kitchen, and step down to a gorgeous sitting room (exposed stone wall, fat sofas, curvy wood-burner). Then a small bathroom, and a beamed comfortable bedroom… after a day of blowy walks, crabbing, bird and seal watching or exploring nearby Norwich – this is the sort of room you’d love to come home to. There are books, TV, CDs galore, and a beautifully beamed twin at the top of the stair, with a curtained-off section for clothes. French windows open to your own piece of garden, and you are free to roam the rest. Stock up in Briston (one mile) or explore historic Holt. Sally and Ken, garden designers both, could not be more welcoming.