Descend into a steep-sided valley and catch your first glimpse of this barn from across the lake – a magical sight. Dynamic Ursula lives in the main house opposite with her rescue Jack Russell and can arrange to have organic veg and eggs from local suppliers waiting in the kitchen for you.
A passive house, warm in winter, cool in summer, and the living spaces are on the upper floor to make the most of the views. Settle on the retro leather sofa and gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows or position the telescope and watch the moon rise over Rock Hill to the east. There’s also a sheltered back deck that gets the sun all day; take a book or listen to the sound of the small streams that trickle into the lake.
Start your day with a wild swim or borrow Ursula’s small boat – you’ll see numerous mallards in summer or even an otter if you’re lucky. Clun, two miles away, has two pubs with decent food and there are walks in all directions, as well as long-distance trails.