This is not your average Cotswolds barn conversion. It’s actually a very smart, contemporary architect-designed retreat. Set in a small hamlet, with sociable hosts next door to welcome you – Rachel, a florist, and Nick, a timber trader – have pooled their creativity and talents so you get beautiful stonework, clever lighting, restored beams and lots of upcycling. Kitchen units made from old doors, vintage sinks and taps… everything’s been given a utility-chic makeover. Step inside and be wowed by the sense of space: the ceiling soars and huge sliding glass doors draw your eye to long country views. Sit, drink in hand, at a breakfast bar wrapped in galvanised tin, while the cook whips up supper in the functional yet super-stylish kitchen; a generous first breakfast is left for you. The living area is inviting with thick rugs, interesting art and toasty wood-burner (first basket of logs free). A glass-sided staircase transports you upstairs to two double bedrooms, each with a separate sleek bathroom and deeply restful beds dressed in neutral linens; blackout blinds mean you’ll feel utterly reinvigorated after a stay here.