The house is engaging – as are Tracey and Alex. Bedrooms are inviting – two snug under the eaves, two in the smart oak-floored extension – roll top baths, pretty fabrics, thick white cotton, beams galore… Or you can decamp to The Retreat, a wooden cabin in the garden warmed with a wood-burner. Tracey, once in catering, is a reflexologist – book a session, or sauna, in the garden studios; ask about ‘gadget-free breaks’ too. In the guest sitting/dining room find art, books, comfy sofas and doors onto the terrace. Breakfasts are good with croissants and local eggs and bacon; dinners are delicious too, or you can head off to Ludlow and its clutch of Michelin stars.