Park your car on the grass verge, cross the road and follow the stream through a gate into a well-established garden with shrubs, roses, perennials and much birdsong. There’s lots of room out here to sit, eat, chat, sunbathe or find a quiet spot. Inside is peaceful with an unstuffy feel. If it’s bucketing down then come together in the sitting room, light the fire, scour the many bookshelves or escape to the music room (for a tinkle on the piano) or the study. Find soft colours, pretty curtains, lamps and rugs.
Keen friends can work together in the cooks’ kitchen with a four-oven Aga, plenty of kit and Emma Bridgewater china. A bottle of wine is waiting for you along with a few basics. Upstairs find well-dressed beds with deep mattresses – the master spans the width of the house and overlooks the lawn. A beamed family bathroom has a proper bath, pictures and scented candles.
Sleep well in this utterly tranquil spot.