Prep a G&T in the lofty kitchen and settle in for the evening’s entertainment as the resident barn owl begins his hunt. All is quiet here: lanes narrow, hedges high, with rambling estates peppering the wooded, undulating and secretive countryside. Cyclists and walkers will find a trio of byways: Marriott’s, Peddar’s and Boudicca. Stash bikes in the cart lodge and boots by the wood-burning stove.
Katy and Phil leave a generous welcome basket including cake, Prosecco and juice from the farm’s own Cox’s and Red Pippin apples. Throw together simple suppers in the sleek oak kitchen to enjoy out on the sun-trap terrace around the firepit, and sneak upstairs to the mezzanine for books and wine when the kids have gone to sleep.
You’ll find Netflix and games for wet days and old orchards to explore when the sun shines. Fire up the barbecue for lazy evenings.