Through the stable archway to a perfectly renovated cottage on a private estate, where Colefax & Fowler bedroom curtains reveal the owners’ style, and the wildlife artwork their passion. Living in the Hall down the drive, Anna and Edward are the founders of a vast wildlife reserve. Here, mountain bongo, blackbuck and water buffalo roam the other side of the wall – and exclusive use of their electric buggies and a private tour of the reserve is even included in your stay.
Enjoy your hamper of Norfolk produce, and breakfast and birdsong in your garden. The cottage is as peaceful as can be, yet civilisation is a five-minute stroll: a good little village store, and a fine pub called The Angel. Spread your wings to the glorious cathedral of Ely, or Houghton Hall & Gardens, once the home of Walpole (both 25 miles).
Return to books, board games and suppers from the Aga, and lovely serene bedrooms upstairs and down.