A spectacular arrival. A handsome, Grade II listed, Dutch-gabled house (1846) fronted by an impressive fishpond upon which black swans glide. On land, the peacocks lord it over the chickens. Sue welcomes you easily, her bedrooms are simple and comfortable, each with a couple of armchairs and garden or pond views. Settle down in front of the fire in the guest drawing room, or wander out to the shrub walk. Fine old trees – oaks, limes, beeches and weeping willows – dignify the mature garden and meadowland. Early flowering yellow banksia climbs the front of the house, fighting for the limelight with the Clematis montana that tumbles around the door. The heated pool (just ask) lies enclosed in a suntrap surrounded by trellises of honeysuckle and jasmine. This is a thoroughly peaceful space to amble around: sit and contemplate a game of croquet under the magnificent copper beech, admire the swans and ducks in the lovely pond lined with flag irises – best viewed from a picturesque arched wooden bridge.