Mells is a treasure with its medieval centre and liberal sprinkling of charming cottages. You’ll find Vicky and John’s attractive house up a lane in the quiet wooded valley on the edge of the village.It’s a home with a friendly feel and entertaining hosts. Sleep well in bedrooms in the eaves, listen to the sound of owls at night and birdsong in the morning and come down for a generous breakfast in the kitchen – homemade bread, garden produce and eggs from happy hens delivered by a friend on a pony. Sit out in the sunny cottage garden, head off on walks from the door. A 10-minute stroll through the village takes you back centuries – thatched houses, a beautiful church (famous for its Munnings equine statue and the graves of Ronnie Knox and Siegfried Sassoon), a tithe barn – and a particularly welcoming, highly recommended coaching inn, The Talbot.