Head deep into the Shropshire countryside along an old farm road lined with hedges, and suddenly the land drops away to reveal the Rea valley. Grazing sheep and the nearby Jacobean manor house add up to a scene that hasn’t changed much in a hundred years. Originally for estate workers, Wren’s Nest sits on a slope, painted white and surrounded by green – no real garden but with lovely field and valley views from the front and terrace. Inside it’s cosy and more than a touch old-fashioned, but renovated with underfloor heating in the bathroom. Cook on an electric cooker or wood-burning range; the range also provides heating and hot water, and there’s a wood burner in the sitting room with plenty of logs. Above are two snug bedrooms – a double plus a twin with en suite loo – both share the modern bathroom downstairs. The owners are in the big house if you need them, and can organise shooting or fishing if that’s your bag. Pull on wellies for long walks from your doorstep, an hour through woods to a pub or to the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer. By car you can explore Ludlow, Ironbridge and the Malverns.