The charming, pretty village of Alton spreads itself over the steep hillside, and Horse Road runs down through woods to the house. Welcome to a peaceful, late Georgian cottage that will please country lovers and walkers: the road is still used by horses, a public footpath runs outside the door and, despite its proximity, you can’t hear Alton Towers! You get an open-plan living area with a compact kitchen at the rear, and open stairs to a small double with a shower; and a tiny dressing room alongside. It’s as pristine inside as out, and comfortable too, with a big white sofa on a dapper jute carpet, a wood-burner in the original fireplace, and immaculate white sash windows. The kitchen is neat and functional, the shower gleams, the floors are heated underfoot, and you have a small walled seating area outside for summer days. Bring books, music and laptop for nights in, or pop down the road to the pub; Alton has several good places to eat. Lots to visit nearby: Sudbury Hall, Trentham Gardens – and Ashbourne, for teas, antiques and the Tissington Trail.