Drive down a tiny lane, past a lake and then the village church, and you’ll find The Stable in the grounds of Caroline and Dan’s Queen Anne House. If they’re not in their house in France they’ll be on hand to greet you with their two dogs and show you around, and will leave a welcome pack that always includes a bottle of wine.
Flop down on comfy sofas by the fire in the sitting room and read up on English Civil War history, or sit out on your private terrace looking out at the manor house and landscaped lawns. From the orchard, there are fabulous views of the Cherwell Valley in which you can join many circular walks.
There’s a feeling of peace here, but not complete isolation: the nearest pub and shop is a pleasant 45-minute stroll, and there are plenty of other pubs within three miles. Banbury is 15-20 minutes’ drive away, Stratford-upon-Avon is 45 minutes.