Your comfort is Paul and Clare’s priority. They’ll happily run you and the kayaks up to Sudbury for a day on the river, or lend you bikes and give advice about where to cycle. There are wonderful walks straight from the door too – return to chocolates and fruit cake in your room.
Attention has been lavished on the guest bedrooms in the converted cottage by the front gate. The Melford room has views over the Tudor turrets of Melford Hall and a great brass bath. The Garden room has its own log-burner and a private walled garden. Everything under the old beams is bespoke, interesting, immaculate.
Ask your hosts about the rich history of the house and its most famous occupant, the WW1 poet Edmund Blunden – they’ll show you his first editions. You have a generous and relaxed breakfast in the main house conservatory; forget the car and spend days enjoying the village treasures and shops; stroll out to a different place to eat each evening.