The Shropshire lanes twist and turn and finally you arrive at Betchcott. You head down a drive past ancient ponds and woods, farm buildings and Batchcott Hall, to find two cedar-clad cottages cheek by jowl sharing a small sun-filled courtyard.
Inside all is very charming in upbeat country style. There are drop-leaf tables, rustic beams, a smart little kitchen, spoiling bathrooms, and a wood-burner for cosy nights in. Treat yourself to gourmet meals delivered to the door – or stroll 10 minutes down the lane to Picklescott’s 17th-century pub.
The sheer beauty of the countryside is the draw here; walk from the door onto the longest hill in Shropshire. Browse Ludlow’s foodie shops and castle, or set off for the Acton Scott estate, 12 miles away, where Shire horses work the land and you can delve into the history of farming.