Strolling through the vast vegetable patch, thoughts on dinner after a walk in the Mendips may fade as the Cheddar Gorge appears in front of you. What a view! It’s best seen from the glorious garden (this was a gardener’s cottage after all), or while musing from the window downstairs as you let your partner chop and stir in the cleverly wood-reclaimed kitchen. You could even try the wood-burning stove in the bright sitting room for a slow stew; everything’s warmly open-plan anyway. Living opposite, Huw and Mary have lovingly designed this place along eco lines, noting heat and insulation, building materials, waste and even travel – and offer a 10% discount to guests using ‘green’ transport to get here. Those on the trail of the Great White Egret and in need of an honest night’s sleep won’t mind the unfussy bedroom; but there are flashes of joy too, such as the stone carving of the rabbit that was found during the excavation. Nature lovers will welcome the surprising tranquillity, yet bustling Cheddar is only a tourist’s step away, for eating out and quaffing the local brew. Perfect for walkers and cyclists.