Bags of character and a sweet village setting; Great Elm is a stone’s throw from Mells, home to the Talbot Inn. Turn right by the daffodils and the rectory is tucked up to the side of the church. The Brewhouse, lofty and large, is the annexe, attached but very self-contained. There are the family’s tree-lined lawn at the front, your own vine-canopied patio to the side and a courtyard at the back, charmingly weathered and full of birdsong, a suntrap on a summer’s afternoon. Enter a brick-floored living area, quirky, comfortable and very inviting. Find rugs, posters, books, a scattering of Japanese antiques, a rocking chair painted yellow, and heaps of logs for the wood-burner. In the galley kitchen, fully equipped and brand new, is a generous breakfast pack, much of it local and organic. Up the stairs, past the African statue, is the big, warm, gabled bedroom with a seagrass floor, a chunky handmade bed, a tip-top mattress and rolling field views. Heated towel rail, lavender soaps and a power shower over the bath are a flit downstairs. Great walking and cycling from the door, too.