You’re perfectly placed for Bath and Bristol here, tucked into the Mendips in a pretty village that’s fallen in love with its new inn – and it’s easy to see why. The Litton is a gem, where owner Sally and her team work hard and happily to make you feel at home. As soon as you duck inside, you’re wrapped in comfort, from reindeer skins on the sofas to mulled cider warming on the bar. Tuck yourself into a corner and order up a Welsh rarebit (ours was the best we’d ever eaten), or grab a Moroccan blanket and an armful of cushions and head for the riverside terrace where fire pits blaze, and kids can perch on colourfully up-cycled beer barrels. The whisky bar is a temptation all of its own, as are the splendid Sunday roasts. Bedrooms, some above the bar, some in the adjoining mill, are individually and stylishly decorated. Beds are big and comfy, baths and showers sparkle. Clever cottage-style suites on the ground floor let you bring the family without feeling cramped; one is considerately designed for the less able. It’s not often an owner has thought of everything but Sally is a star, and the Litton shines out as special.