Just getting here feels like an adventure. At the railway track you must telephone for permission to open the gates and let yourself across. You’ll find a rustic Gothick cottage, swathed in rose and jasmine and with pretty arched windows. Inside is jam packed with stuff – books, armchairs, pictures and rugs so it’s not for minimalists and you’re in the countryside so you’ll probably be the sort who doesn’t mind the odd cobweb, especially at such a reasonable price. The kitchen is old-fashioned with no frills but perfectly functional; the recently updated bathroom has an Edwardian-style shower over the bath. With everything on the level, you can just roll into your south-facing bedroom, centred on a tri-panelled mahogany bed. Early risers will want to make the most of the outdoors and Charles – who lives nearby in flinty Bramfield Folly – has 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.