In the grounds of Mill Farm where the owners live (he’s an ecologist, she’s an organic food specialist), is a big beautiful barn with space to spread out. Views reach over farmland and Shetland ponies, while brick and flint walls and willow screens create privacy from next door; the big patio is a safe place for children. Enter an open-plan living room with vaulted ceilings and a bright airy feel; the central oak staircase winds you to the mezzanine and bedrooms above (two are up, two are down). Fossil-stone slabs line the floor, sleek leather sofas are deliciously comfy and children will love the hanging chair. Delightful Emma gives you a fabulous hamper (veg from the allotment, home-baked cake and more), logs for the wood-burner, and has a wonderful eye for colour and design. Bedrooms are spacious and calming, one with a balcony for sundowners; bathrooms are the bee’s knees. Hay Barn is close by – snug for two (and space for a little one) with a wood-burner and enclosed patch of garden. There are books, games, TV with surround sound, bikes to borrow and toddlers’ seats, and you can walk to pub, fish shop, small store and beach.