Jane Austen fans will swoon. This elegant 1740s village house was used as Mr Collins’s ‘humble abode’ by the BBC: you breakfast in the beautiful dining room that was ‘Mr Collins’s hall’, and you can sleep in ‘Miss Bennett’s bedroom’. Victoria is wonderful – feisty, fun and gregarious – and looks after you beautifully with White Company linen in chintzy old-fashioned bedrooms, a log fire in the drawing room, fruit from the lovely garden, homemade jams and Aga-cooked local bacon and eggs. Guests love it here. You are near to some pleasant market towns and good walking and riding country. Don’t forget the smelling salts!