It feels very peaceful here. You’re on the edge of a sleepy village with views over fields and up hills. A much-loved family house – Claire, Julius and son Dexter escape here from London as much as they can. Catch the train to Castle Cary with your bike and cycle the three miles if you don’t want to drive.Let yourself in by the keypad. Hugely comfortable and snug upstairs and down: spread out in the big kitchen/dining room, chat while you cook, listen to music; choose a book (there are lots) and sit by the open fire in the sitting room; sleep well in the huge bed in the master bedroom. Two young ones can fit in the child’s room (there’s an extra pull-out bed), and a twin room for more guests.Children will be happy – wild garden to hide in, trees to climb, trampoline to bounce, blackberries to pick. You can walk along a footpath into arty Bruton in about 40 minutes – eat at Hauser & Wirth, see their gardens, browse the art gallery, or have wood-fired pizzas at The Chapel. Or stay put, light the barbecue and sit out on the patio under the stars.