Drive down the long track to this rose-clad cottage, which looks out over a deeply peaceful slice of Somerset – you could almost be in the wilds of Scotland with the distant mist-topped forest, the dark night skies and the wildflower meadows undisturbed for years.
Anna leaves a first-morning pack of bacon, bread, butter, jam, marmalade, milk, muesli – and eggs from the hens if they’re laying. She helpfully makes sure the basics are stocked up too: tea, coffee, olive oil, condiments. You have plenty of space to spread out with a big sitting/dining/kitchen space, a separate inviting sitting room with a wood-burner and a little terrace, through French windows, for sunny breakfasts and evening drinks. Hop upstairs to two bedrooms, the master with en suite, the smaller double with a separate bathroom.
Wander out to chat to the animals – a small flock of black sheep, goats, dogs, chickens, ducks – and Ruby the relaxed pet pig, who used to live in the main house until she decided outside was more to her liking. You can walk to Stourhead through the woods in an hour or so and there are a few good pubs within five miles.