On a busy street but tucked between the listed ‘big hoose’ and a medieval church, your bolthole is surprisingly quiet, light and roomy inside. Step straight in to the living space with its stripped parquet flooring, elegant windows overlooking the churchyard, distressed (in a happy way) kitchen, huge mirror, books and funky ornaments. Colours are greys and whites with splashes of spice and a little antique table is perfectly placed for breakfast. Owner Ellie – a breath-of-fresh-air sort – and a clever jewellery designer, can leave all the best local stuff in the fridge for you. The compact and gleaming shower and loo is down here too. A spiral staircase rescued from an old printworks takes you upstairs: find a big bed with warm coral French linen, a 50s table, an old leather sofa with bright cushions and more views – pleasing to loll about up here plotting your day. You can walk to everything: great pubs and restaurants, live music, galleries, theatre and a cinema. Those who take their food seriously will adore Palmer Street. Further afield there’s Hauser and Wirth, NT visits and fabulous walking.