The enchantment begins the moment you turn off the A49 and descend the twisting lanes. Finally you arrive… to ancient ponds, a tunnel of trees, and the 13th-century hamlet of Betchcott, where two single-storey cottages sit cheek by jowl linked by a Mediterranean courtyard.
Inside your small airy bolthole is a playful mix of antiques and retro art, books, board games and logs on the house, a superb little kitchen and a firepit for dinner under the stars. Fancy a night out? Head for The Coach House at Norbury, seven miles, or trundle off to the friendly pub down the lane.
You’re ten miles from the riverside town of Shrewsbury, packed with cool cafés and listed buildings, and 20 miles from lovely Ludlow, foodie capital of Shropshire. Return to fishing in the grounds and bridlepaths at the end of the drive. The beauty of the area is breathtaking.