In its 300-year-old history this long, level barn was used for storing hay until a conversion 20 years ago. Beams remain, furnishings are farm-friendly and cosy, there’s a good stash of DVDs and board games and a comfy sofa.
Tilbury Farm has a real community feel. You’ll share the outside space with a second cottage nearby and three shepherds’ huts across the way, though you can hide away if you want. Matt and Jenny are always on hand, tending to Tallulah the pig, Roger the cat and their four ponies which you can ride.
Pack a picnic from your generous hamper – sausages, farm-fresh bread, biscuits – and head for the hills with maps from the farm. Walks lead from the door, through bluebells and the dreamily-named Paradise Valley or Strawberry Wood. National Trust properties are close, the edge of Exmoor 20 minutes’ drive.