This remote grouping of Welsh border workers’ cottages has become a warm and peaceful place to stay. Cwm Cole lies down a winding lane, with barns next door and unbroken views of the hills; drink them in from the shared cottage garden. Andrew and Janet are just next door, she with a creative and colourful eye, and a wonderful way of making you feel instantly at home. Downstairs has a fascinating layout. You enter a large welcoming hall, with a dining room to the left and a galley kitchen beyond, opening directly into a sitting room which can also be reached via the hall… and there’s a loo under the stairs. Imagine white painted stone walls and good comfy armchairs, welly boots of many sizes, logs for the burner, rugs for the floor and flowers for the table, chunky modern furniture and charming country pieces. Walking is the big draw, with heaps of useful guides and maps for Offa’s Dyke – on the doorstep. Return home to bedrooms bright, book-lined and homely (children could fight over the cabin bed!) and bathrooms spotless and tidy. Outside: vegetables, barbecue and a huge fabric sail to keep your lunch in the shade.