Just getting here feels like an adventure. At the railway track you must telephone for permission to open the gates and let yourself across: it’s all worth it once you discover this enchanting and rustic Gothick cottage, swathed in rose and jasmine and with pretty arched windows. You enter a characterful living room with marbled fireplace, circular dinner table, scattered rugs and arty pictures… no less than five armchairs to flop into and one whole wall jam-packed with books right up to the vaulted ceiling. There’s even a grand piano for an intimate sing-a-long, after a dinner cooked up in a kitchen full of old-fashioned charm and brightened by a dresser bursting with an eclectic collection of china. With everything on the level, you can just roll into your snug south-facing bedroom, centred on a tri-panelled mahogany bed. Early risers will want to make the most of the outdoors and John and Charles – who live nearby in flinty Bramfield Folly – have plenty of suggestions, including the excellent village pub. You’re in a peaceful slice of rolling parkland with a huge natural pond so there’s plenty of space to wander.