You get the best of both worlds in this small, stone cottage at the wooded edge of the village; rustic-chic downstairs, with underfloor heating and a big tub in the bathroom, and soft luxury upstairs, with a sumptuous king-size bed and a separate reading room/space to put a babe-in-arms. Nicky, a charming potter, and builder/photographer David live next door; their workshops, pond, chickens and veg plot are across the lane and you’re welcome to fresh eggs, herbs and vegetables. You’ve a flowery strip of garden with chairs to catch the setting sun, and straight through the front door a snug sitting room: wood-burner, ‘hessian’ covered sofa, leather armchair. The little wraparound kitchen, with wooden units and smart kit, is at the foot of the oak stairs – mind your head! The mood upstairs is serene, with pale colours, butterfly prints above the padded headboard, sheepskin rugs and cupboards cleverly fitted around the chimney. There are so many thoughtful, decorative touches in things old and new, like mirrors, ornaments, fabrics and flowers. Dulverton’s pubs and shops are close and Exmoor is to the North.