A Georgian house in the middle of pretty Sutton Bonington – and an easy stopover from the M1. Choose a garden spot and listen to the birds while your hosts bring you a pot of tea.
Breakfast is in the orangery – you’re surrounded by a forest of greenery with banana and orange trees, ferns and a deliciously scented lemon verbena which tumbles out of a window. Chris and Janine give you a full English cooked on the Aga with tomatoes and herbs from the garden, local bacon, sausages and honey, homemade jams.
Wander the colourful gardens, read by the fire in the snug, dip into magazines and board games, help yourself to a sherry or port nightcap. There’s an arts and crafts gallery in the village with a café and you don’t have to go far for dinner – the King’s Head is a three-minute walk. You can also walk to the University campus in ten minutes; return to comfortable bedrooms named after flowers.